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Tim Rice

Tim Rice has worked in music, theatre and films since 1965 when he met Andrew Lloyd-Webber, a fellow struggling songwriter. Rather than pursue Tim’s ambitions to write rock or pop songs they turned their attention to Andrew’s obsession – musical theatre.

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Tim Rice

About Tim Rice

Their first collaboration was based on the life of Dr. Thomas Barnardo, the Victorian philanthropist, The Likes Of Us.
Their next three works together were much more successful – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita.

Tim has since worked with other distinguished popular composers such as Elton John (The Lion King, Aida), Alan Menken (Aladdin, King David, Beauty and the Beast), Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson (Chess), and Stuart Brayson (From Here To Eternity). He also written with Freddie Mercury, Burt Bacharach and Rick Wakeman among others.

He has recently recorded a full series of talks on Writing and Performing in Musical Theatre, currently available on BBC Maestro. He is also currently writing and presenting a podcast (entitled Get Onto My Cloud) reminiscing about his years in music, theatre and film – playing hits and flops, out-takes and number ones.

Every now and then, inspired by his hero and friend the late Sammy Cahn, he presents an evening of his songs, mercifully performed by top singers and musicians rather than by him, to which Tim adds reminiscence and comment, recalling their creation, success (or rejection) and the joy (usually) of working with great composers. He is taking this show on the road entitled My Life In Musicals to more than 20 theatres in the UK April/May 2024. Many of his shows continue to play around the world in a huge variety of productions, big and small, usually quite successfully. His recent musical From Here To Eternity opens in Milwaukee in March 2024. A new Broadway presentation of Chess is scheduled for early 2025 and he hopes his Tony- award winning show with Elton John will finally make its London début before he is too old to notice.

Sir Tim’s interests beyond music, film and theatre include cricket, as English an interest as you can get. He founded his own cricket team in 1973, which has now played 750 matches including several in the USA.

He dedicates considerable time to several British educational institutions and charitable organisations, many connected with sport for disadvantaged children. He crops up here and there in all branches of the media drawing on his extensive knowledge of the history of popular music since Elvis was a lad. He has won several awards, mainly for the wrong thing or for simply turning up,
but since you ask: 1 Emmy, 5 Grammys, 3 Tonys and 3 Oscars, making him an EGOT.

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