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who was seven years her senior. They were married while Brightman was only 18 but her career was not stalled by the bond.
After leaving Hot Gossip, Brightman auditioned for "Cats" and that was when she came face to face to composer Andrew Lloyd Webber. The requirement to become a cast beside the ability to dance and sing was to be different. Sarah fit perfectly to this with her rendition of "Don't Rain On My Parade," and "Don't Cry For Me Argentina." Few months later Brightman got the call to appear in the production and danced with what people witnessed as "sensuality and determination". However, Brightman also realized that she needed to enhance her vocal skill that she took lessons from the experts such as Elizabeth Hawes and Ellen Faul. A year in Cats with her voice barely recognized, she left the show to start new on "Nightingale". It was a production that received a rave review, prompting Webber to spare his time watching the show. Stunned by the remarkable voice Brightman possessed that slipped out of his mind while she was in Cats, Webber drew himself closer to the rising star. It was soon a media frenzy when their romance became public, particularly since both were still married at that time. Brightman was divorced from her husband Stewart while Webber also separated from wife Sarah Hugill to be with his new love.
The bond between Brightman and Webber not only resulted in a marriage in 1984 but also many more musical ventures that shook the theatrical industry to the very core. Their early joint projects include "Him" and "Song and Dance" where Brightman took the major roles. By the time, Brightman was already deemed a new "star" who successfully tackled "Pie Jesu" and sold the single to more that 25,000 copies in the first day only. It was also the same song that prompted Webber to compose for "Requiem Mass" that garnered Brightman her first Grammy nomination, "Best New Classical Artist". However, her big break was yet to come. Extending the idea of reviving a small play called "The Phantom of the Opera" to husband Webber, she struck a major role as Christine Daae. In fact, the role was adjusted so well to Brightman's character and voice range that it was virtually and literally a character made solely for Brightman. When it opened at Majesty's Theater in October 1986,