Entertainment industry entrepreneur
Entertainment industry entrepreneur and long-term Andrew Lloyd Webber associate Brian Brolly died Oct. 28 in London following a heart attack. He was 70.
Brolly was born in London in 1936. In 1957 he broke into the television business and just six years later at age 26, was appointed senior vice president of MCA Television, based in London.
He began working with Tim Rice and Webber in 1969 and was actively involved in development and production of the composing team’s breakthrough musical “Jesus Christ Superstar.”
In 1973, Brolly was invited by Paul and Linda McCartney to co-found and serve as managing director of MPL Communications. He worked with the McCartneys to form and manage the band “Wings.”
Brolly resumed his association with Webber again in 1978 when the writer-composer invited him to co-found, co-own and serve as managing director of Really Useful Group, which spawned numerous worldwide stage hits including “Cats,” “Phantom of the Opera” and “Starlight Express.”
During the 1990s Brolly co-founded Classic FM, ABC Books and Daisy and Tom children’s department stores.
Most recently, Brolly was a producer of Broadway shows “16 Wounded” and “Brooklyn: The Musical.”
He is survived by his wife, two sons and two grandchildren.