Antonio Banderas and Andrew Lloyd Webber (Photo: Juan Naharro Gimenez)

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Antonio Banderas have launched a joint venture, Amigos Para Siempre, to produce musicals and other live shows in Spanish.

Amigos Para Siempre will work with Webber’s Really Useful Group to bring productions to major Spanish-speaking markets in the United States and around the world.

The venture will have rights to Spanish-language versions of Webber’s musicals, including “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Sunset Boulevard,” “Starlight Express,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Evita,” “Cinderella,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and “School of Rock.”

The name comes from the song Webber penned along with Don Black for the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics.

Emanuel Nunez, managing director of NuCo Media Group and Jessica Koravos, president of the Really Useful Group, are overseeing the venture.

“Not only is Antonio Banderas entertainment royalty, he is also one of the most versatile, creative minds I have ever had the pleasure of working with,” Webber said. “It is truly exciting to partner with Antonio to bring my work, as well as other brilliant Broadway and West End titles, to new markets. While millions of people in the Spanish-speaking world already love our shows and music, the appetite for more, and the level of musical and theatrical talent, is extraordinary. I can’t wait to work with Antonio to bring the very highest-quality Spanish language productions to the world.”

“To have the opportunity to work with one of the most respected and admired composers of all times, offering his amazing works for Spanish speaking audiences, is one of the highlights of my career in show business,” Banderas said.