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Tim Rice

A prolific lyricist and librettist, Tim Rice was born in Amersham, Buckinghamshire, in the fall of 1944. Rice pursued his university education at Lancing College and, briefly, at l'Universite de Paris - Sorbonne. He was considering a legal career around the time that he met Andrew Lloyd Webber in 1965. Three years later, the two young men composed a 20-minute pop oratorio that would eventually become "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat". The piece was premiered on 1st March 1968 at the Colet Court School in the City of London. During the following months, Rice and Webber lengthened the oratorio to 30 minutes, and a record album of "Joseph" (with Rice singing the role of "Pharaoh") was made at the end of 1968.Remaining in partnership with Webber, his next project was "Jesus Christ Superstar". Introduced to the public as a concept album in 1970, the opera propelled Rice and Webber to international stardom. Staged versions appeared the following year, and their popularity led to the film Jesus Christ Superstar (1973). Following "Superstar", Rice and Webber returned to their previous project and expanded it into (more or less) its finalised form. The concept album for "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" was released in 1974.Inexplicably eclipsed by his collaborator, Rice may never have received the acclaim that he deserved for his contributions to the partnership. The death-throws of the Rice-Webber collaboration produced a third opera, called "Evita". Its concept album was released in 1976.Rice continued on with a piece called "Blondel", which appeared in 1983. Set to music by Stephen Oliver, "Blondel" was arguably the most comic and witty of Rice's major works. The opera "Chess" followed, with its concept album arriving in 1984. Former ABBA songwriters Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson provided the music for "Chess", and the concept album was an international hit. "Chess" was staged in London in 1986 with great success, but the 1988 Broadway production was radically revised without Rice's knowledge or permission, and it was quickly shut down.In 1991, he was hired to finish the lyrics for the Walt Disney film Aladdin (1992). Disney subsequently teamed him with Elton John for The Lion King (1994). Rice also composed additional lyrics for the stage version of Disney's film Beauty and the Beast (1991), which opened on Broadway in 1994. A stage version of The Lion King (1994) opened on Broadway in 1997, as he was working with Elton John on two new projects - "Aida", which opened on Broadway in 2000, and the Dreamworks film, The Road to El Dorado (2000).The 1991 to 2000 period also saw a flurry of activity for Tim Rice's earlier works. Major revival productions of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" and "Jesus Christ Superstar" were staged in many parts of the world. Additionally, there was the film, Evita (1996), as well as the video-films Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (1991), and Great Performances: Jesus Christ Superstar (2000).Apart from theatre and film, Rice has written recurring columns for UK newspapers, as well as having shown up regularly on BBC Radio and Television. In 1973, he founded a cricket side - The Heartaches - for which he serves as a manager as well as a player. He also makes regular contributions to various cricket magazines. He continues to have projects in development for the theatre and for film. Most anxiously awaited - especially by audiences in Canada and the United States - is, perhaps, a revival of the authentic 1986 London version of "Chess".

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Nov 10, 1944 In Amersham, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series The Sky at Night 1957-04-01
Latest Project:
Series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt 2015-03-06

Won 3 Oscars. Another 15 wins & 10 nominations.

Known For
Poster of Modern Family
Poster of Glee
Poster of The Big Bang Theory
Poster of The Simpsons
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Unknown 2015-03-06
The Life of Rock with Brian Pern Himself 2014-02-10
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Unknown 2014-02-17
Glee Unknown 2009-05-19
Modern Family Unknown 2009-09-23
Gavin & Stacey Unknown 2008-08-26
Dancing on Ice Unknown 2006-01-08
The Big Bang Theory Unknown 2006-05-01
So You Think You Can Dance Unknown 2005
Dancing with the Stars Unknown 2005-06-01
The X Factor UK Unknown 2004-09-04
Grumpy Old Men Self 3 episodes, 2006 2003-10-09
The Bachelorette Unknown 2003-01-08
Top of the Pops Unknown 2002-01-12
Top Gear Unknown 2002-10-20
Will & Grace Unknown 1998-09-21
Timon & Pumbaa Unknown 1995-09-08
Chicago Hope Unknown 1994-09-18
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Have I Got News for You Unknown 1990-09-28
The Simpsons Unknown 1989-12-17
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Unknown 1988
The Benny Hill Show Unknown 1979-01-01
Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11
The Two Ronnies Unknown 1971-04-10
University Challenge Unknown 1962-09-21
The Sky at Night Unknown 1957-04-01