Oddly, I wasn't introduced to Andrew Lloyd Webber by any of his shows. Or at least, I wasn't introduced to Andrew Lloyd Webber's style by any of his shows.
When I was about seven or eight years old, I had a video tape of an animated version of Jack and the Beanstalk that I watched religiously. (At the time, I thought it was a German movie. Actually, it was a German dub of a Japanese movie.) I didn't know this at the time, but the movie's songs and score were very, very, very influenced by ALW.
Two examples: Starting at the 6:02 mark.
; starting at the 5:01 mark
So, years later, I'm listening to clips from the Jesus Christ Superstar
concept album on Amazon, trying to decide whether or not I should get it. (And by "get it", I mean "check it out from the library and copy it.") I start with "Gethsemane", and it sounds vaguely familiar. New music often sounds familiar to me, but I can't decide what exactly "Gethsemane" is reminding me of. Then I listen to the clip from "Pilate and Christ", and all uncertainty is dispelled.
So I do decide to get Jesus Christ Superstar
. So depending on your point of view, my introduction to ALW was either Tom, Crosby, und die Mäusebrigade