- Tim Rice
Infobox Musical artist
Name = Tim Rice
Background = non_performing_personnel
Birth_name = Timothy Miles Bindon Rice
Born = birth date and age|df=yes|1944|11|10
Origin = flagicon|England
Amersham, Buckinghamshire, England
Genre = Musical Theatre,
Sir Timothy Miles Bindon Rice (born 10 November 1944) is an English
Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Tony Awardand Grammy Awardwinning lyricist, author, radio personalityand television gameshowpanelist.
Rice was born in
Amersham, Buckinghamshire, England, and was educated at Aldwickbury school, St Albans School and Lancing College. He is best known for his collaborations with Andrew Lloyd Webber, with whom he wrote " Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat", " Jesus Christ Superstar" and "Evita", and his work for The Walt Disney Companywith Alan Menkenand Sir Elton John. He also collaborated with Björn Ulvaeusand Benny Anderssonof ABBAon "Chess" and with Rick Wakemanon the concept albums "1984" and "Cost of Living".
After studying for a year in Paris at the
Sorbonne, Rice joined EMI Recordsas a management trainee in 1966. When EMI producer Norrie Paramorleft to set up his own organisation in 1968, Rice joined him as an assistant producer, working with, among others, Cliff Richard,
Along with his brother Jo and radio presenters
Mike Readand Paul Gambaccini, he was a co-founder of the " Guinness Book of British Hit Singles" and served as an editor from 1977 to 1996. He has also been a frequent guest panelist for many years on the radio panel games " Just a Minute" and " Trivia Test Match". Rice often jokes that he is most recognised in America for his appearance in the film "About a Boy". The film includes several clips from a (real) edition of the game show "Countdown" on which he was the guest adjudicator. His other interests include cricket (he was President of the MCC in 2002) and maths. He wrote the foreword to the book "Why Do Buses Come In Threes" by Rob Eastawayand Jeremy Wyndham, and featured prominently in Tony Hawks' " One Hit Wonderland", where he co-wrote the song which gave Hawks a top twenty hit in Albania.
He released his autobiography "Oh What a Circus - The Autobiography of Tim Rice" in 1998, which covered his childhood and early adult life until the opening of the original
Londonproduction of "Evita" in 1978. He is currently working on a sequel, covering his life and career since then.
Rice was inducted into the
Songwriters Hall of Famein 1999 and was, in 2002, named a Disney Legend.
Rice married Jane McIntosh on
19 August 1974, but the marriage broke up in the late-1980s after the British tabloid newspapers revealed that he had been conducting an affair with actress/singer Elaine Paige. Jane retains the title Lady Rice. They had two children, Eva and Donald. Eva Rice, who was named after the title character from "Evita", is the author of the novel "The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets", which was a finalist for the British book award Best Read of the Year.
Rice is a
Sunderland A.F.C.supporter, and was awarded an honorary doctorate of letters by the University of Sunderlandat a ceremony at the Stadium of Lightin November 2006 [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/wear/6188564.stm] . He was also a supporter of the Conservative Party.
Rice runs his own amateur Heartaches Cricket Club, the name inspired by an
*1967 - "
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat" with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
*1970 - "
Jesus Christ Superstar" with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
*1976 - "Evita" with music by
Andrew Lloyd Webber
*1983 - "Blondel" with music by
*1984 - "Chess" with music by
Benny Anderssonand Bjorn Ulvaeus
*1986 - "Cricket" with music by
Andrew Lloyd Webber
*1992 - "Tycoon" adapted from the French musical "
Starmania", music by Michel Bergerand lyrics by Luc Plamondon
*1994 - "Beauty and the Beast" with music by
Alan Menken, in additional to original lyrics by Howard Ashman
*1996 - "Heathcliff" with music by
*1997 - "King David" with music by
*1998 - "Aida" with music by Elton John
Film and television work
In addition to adaptations of his theatrical productions, Rice has worked on several original film and television projects:
*1992 - "Aladdin" - music by
Alan Menken. Completed work begun by Howard Ashman.
*1994 - "
The Lion King" - music by Elton John, score by Hans Zimmer.
*2000 - "
The Road to El Dorado" - Music by Elton John, score by Hans Zimmerand John Powell
*"The Golden Boy" and "The Fallen Priest", recorded on
Freddie Mercury's solo album Barcelona
*1981 concept album "1984" composed by
Rick Wakemanand inspired by the George Orwellnovel of the same title
*"The Second Time", "The Last One to Leave", "Hot As Sun" and "Falling Down to Earth" on
Elaine Paige's 1981 self-titled album
*Co-produced the 1986 London and 1988 Broadway productions of Chess as a partner in 3 Knights Ltd with
Benny Anderssonand Bjorn Ulvaeus.
*Co-produced the 1989 London production of
Anything Goesas a partner in Anchorage Productions with Elaine Paige.
Andrew Powell, Elaine Paige's 1981 self-titled album
* [http://www.timrice.co.uk Tim Rice Authorized Website]
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* [http://www.blondelmusical.com Tim Rice's 2006 revival of Blondel]
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