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Andrew Lloyd Webber Plays 'Phantom' Song During Self-Isolation, Lin-Manuel Miranda Responds

Andrew Lloyd Webber
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Andrew Lloyd Webber attends the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. 

Plus, a 'Cats' joke.

Andrew Lloyd Webber pulled up to his piano during self-isolation on Thursday (March 19) to perform a version of "All I Ask of You" from his Phantom of the Opera after asking his fans to suggest a tune for him to play for them.

"I didn't think I'd ever get such a response to this little tryout! Here I am in my own self-isolation," he wrote in the clip, in which his dog interrupts him and he jokes, "It's alright, it doesn't come from Cats."

The delightful instrumental -- which Webber revealed was in the wrong key because his "arthritic fingers" can't play it otherwise -- wasn't the only gift Lloyd Webber shared. The maestro, who turns 71 on Sunday, got an early birthday greeting on Thursday from acolyte Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote, "It's almost your birthday and you give US gifts," prompting ALW to say thank you and challenge Miranda to a play-off.

Challenge accepted! Late Thursday night Miranda took to his living room piano -- accented by a white Phantom mask -- to perform "Everything's Alright" from Jesus Christ Superstar, with a note asking fans to support Broadway Cares during this time when all of Broadway is shut down due to the COVID-19 novel coronavirus.

Miranda ended his performance with a challenge to Webber to sing "You'll Be Back" from Hamilton.

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