Tag Archives | Tim Rice

Blondel original London cast recording to be released on CD

The original London cast recording of Tim Rice and Stephen Oliver’s musical Blondel will be released on CD next month nearly 20 years after the double LP version went out of print. Rice’s first musical outside of his partnership with Andrew Lloyd Webber, Blondel follows the fortunes of an ambitious minstrel in the court of […]

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Beauty and the Beast – movie review

Beauty and the Beast – Star rating: three stars ★★★✩✩ There is, let’s face it, a whole lot to live up to in remaking 1991’s Beauty and the Beast. The second masterpiece of the Disney Renaissance that started with The Little Mermaid, Beauty became the first animated film to receive a nomination for Best Picture at […]

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Joe McElderry to return to Joseph tour in 2017

Joe McElderry is to return to the title role in Bill Kenwright’s touring production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat early next year. The singer, whose first taste of fame came as an 18-year-old X Factor winner, made his first appearance in the UK’s longest-running touring musical earlier this year. He will don the […]

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Evita tour returns to UK in 2017

Bill Kenwright’s production of Evita is to return to next year for another major UK tour. The revival of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s much-loved musical last toured the country three years ago ahead of a successful London run at the Dominion Theatre in the autumn of 2014. Although there is no news yet on the […]

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Jesus Christ Superstar – Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Jesus Christ Superstar continues at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, London until 27 August. Rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ The stage is full of smoke, a belching walkway and banks of blinding lights. Upon it we see pulsing, vibrant, relentlessly energetic ensemble work – one of the many fine things which puts this stupendous show […]

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Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre – exclusive images

This summer’s Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s groundbreaking musical Jesus Christ Superstar opened this week. Here, Musical Theatre Review’s official photographer Roy Tan presents a gallery of exclusive images. The show Jesus, portrayed by singer-songwriter Declan Bennett, is joined by Tyrone Huntley as Judas, Anoushka Lucas as Mary Magdelene, David Thaxton […]

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Declan Bennett cast as Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Singer/songwriter Declan Bennett has been cast in the title role in the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production of Jesus Christ Superstar. The star, who was the original lead in the London cast of Once, will head the cast in the latest production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ground-breaking musical which will run […]

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In memory of Robert Stigwood – impresario extraordinaire

Robert Stigwood (16 April 1934–4 January 2016): Impresario Extraordinaire who promoted The Bee Gees, John Travolta and Lloyd Webber musicals. Impresario Robert Stigwood, who has died aged 81, was a unique example of a businessman with his own vision that saw him achieving success in many forms of public entertainment. Not one to stick to […]

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Disney’s Aladdin has West End premiere in June 2016

Disney has revealed that the Tony Award-winning new musical Aladdin will hold its West End premiere on Thursday 9 June 2016 at the Prince Edward Theatre, with previews from Friday 27 May. Broadway cast member Trevor Dion Nicholas will make his London stage debut as Genie. “In 1992, Howard Ashman, Alan Menken and Tim Rice’s reimagining of the Aladdin […]

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First World War musical drama The Dreamers has London premiere at St James Theatre

“Soldiers are dreamers; when the guns begin. They think of firelit homes, clean beds, and wives” – from the poem ‘Dreamers’ by Siegfried Sassoon. Relating to something that happened 100 years ago isn’t easy but The Dreamers, a brand new musical production based on the true story of a First World War hero, will help […]

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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – Bridlington Spa and Touring

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat continues at Bridlington Spa until 21 March and then tours until 6 June 2015. If the number of people claiming to have been at Woodstock had actually been there, the toilets would have emptied into the Hudson. So it is with the 1970s Leicester production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. […]

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Jesus Christ Superstar – Blackpool Opera House and Touring

Jesus Christ Superstar continues at Blackpool Opera House until 14 March and then tours until 25 July 2015. Star rating: 4 stars ★ ★ ★ ★  As groundbreaking rock operas go few have broken more ground, so to speak, than Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s second staged collaboration. After Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and before […]

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Amelia Lily cast as the Narrator in Joseph tour following Marcus Collins exit

Amelia Lily is set to bring yet more X Factor to this year’s touring production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat as she steps into the role of Narrator alongside fellow X Factor finalist Lloyd Daniels’ Joseph from 17 February at Edinburgh’s Playhouse Theatre. This follows the news that Marcus Collins, who was originally cast as […]

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X Factor’s Marcus Collins joins Lloyd Daniels on Joseph tour

There’s double the X Factor this February as Marcus Collins joins fellow contestant Lloyd Daniels for the 2015 tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Collins will step into the role of Narrator alongside Lloyd’s Joseph from 4 February. Collins, who was mentored by Take That star Gary Barlow, finished as runner-up on The X Factor 2011, pipped to the post by […]

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Elaine Paige in Concert – Royal Albert Hall, London

Elaine Paige in Concert (50th Anniversary Farewell Tour) at the Royal Albert Hall, London. It seems strange to imagine but to anybody under the age of 20, Elaine Paige is probably more regarded as a Sunday afternoon radio presenter than as a musical theatre star. Certainly her presence on the Radio 2 show has given musical theatre a […]

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Evita – Dominion Theatre

Evita continues at the Dominion Theatre, London until 1 November. Originally written in 1976, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s musical Evita was groundbreaking in many different ways. Despite the proliferation of mob scenes throughout, Evita is essentially a three-person musical – a political love-triangle of sorts with the narrator (originally more than a hint of […]

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In rehearsal – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

When the latest Bill-Kenwright produced tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat opens this week at the Theatre Royal, Windsor, it will be the first time there has been THREE big names above the title. Both making their musical theatre debuts are X Factor finalist Lloyd Daniels in the title role and Matt Lapinskas (formerly of EastEnders, […]

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From Here to Eternity musical – does it work at the movies?

The film of stage musical From Here to Eternity goes on general release across the UK and Ireland today. Liz Granirer attended a special screening, with the show’s cast and crew in the audience, at London’s Cineword Haymarket. From the moment the soldiers begin their first group routine in From Here to Eternity, we learn what the year […]

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Evita tour heads to West End for 55 performances

Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita is to return to London’s West End for a strictly limited season, opening on Tuesday 16 September at the recently refurbished Dominion Theatre (press night is Monday 22 September). The musical, considered by many to be the writers’ masterwork will play for 55 performances only in the West End, with […]

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Jesus Christ Superstar US tour suddenly cancelled

The much-publicised new North American touring production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar has suddenly been cancelled, just over a week before its first performance in New Orleans on 9 June. Options Clause Entertainment LLC, an affiliate of the production company S2BN Entertainment, announced that the Jesus Christ Superstar Arena Spectacular Tour had been cancelled […]

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Guildford School of Acting – Little Women/Chess

Little Women and Chess, performed by the Guildford School of Acting final year students at the Union Theatre, London and Ivy Arts Theatre, Guildford. Life’s full of surprises, isn’t it? I fully expected to love Chess, the underrated collaboration between Tim Rice and the Abba boys Andersson and Ulvaeus, but was less sure about Little […]

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Aladdin – New Amsterdam Theatre, New York

Aladdin continues at the New Amsterdam Theatre, New York, in an open-ended run. All the folks involved in putting on Aladdin, the new Broadway musical based on the 1992 Disney animated film, seem to be working feverishly to make sure we, the audience, don’t take it seriously. It’s all just good-natured, expensive hokum. That includes […]

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Joseph – new animated movie version planned

Elton John’s Rocket Pictures will be producing an all-new animated feature film of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, in association with the Really Useful Group. Steve Hamilton Shaw of Rocket Pictures say: “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is one of the most popular musical experiences ever conceived. We […]

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From Here to Eternity closes at the end of March

It has been announced that From Here to Eternity, Tim Rice’s new musical, will close on 29 March 2014, after a run of six months in the West End. The date is a month earlier than previously expected. Composed by Stuart Brayson, with lyrics by Rice and a book by Bill Oakes, the musical – […]

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Military Wives join Eternity cast to mark Pear Harbor attack

To mark the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, an event integral to the plot of the musical From Here to Eternity, the producers of the show have revealed that The Military Wives Choir will be joining the full company of the show on stage to perform a curtain call rendition of the song which […]

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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – Wimbledon/Touring

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat runs at the New Wimbledon Theatre, London until 2 November and then continues its tour. Playing during the school half-term, this colourful and fun production of the long-running Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber musical collaboration was perfect pre-Xmas fare for all the family. Indeed for much of the […]

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Ian ‘H’ Watkins lives the Joseph dream again

Cameron Smith catches up with Welsh singer, dancer and stage actor Ian ‘H’ Watkins, well-known for being a member of pop group Steps, but also now a musical theatre regular. He is currently playing the lead role in the touring production of Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat. Ian ‘H’ Watkins, best-known as a member of the pop band […]

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Jesus Christ Superstar – NIA Birmingham

Jesus Christ Superstar was performed at the National Indoor Arena, Birmingham as part of a tour which continues until 15 October. There are those, I among them, who opined that Godspell was a more sophisticated 1970s musical about Jesus than Jesus Christ Superstar. So what a pleasure to encounter the much-heralded tour of Tim Rice and Lloyd […]

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Darius joins From Here to Eternity cast

Casting has been announced for the world premiere of Tim Rice and Stuart Brayson’s new stage musical From Here to Eternity which begins previews at the Shaftesbury Theatre on 30 September. Darius Campbell (Chicago, West End) will play Warden, Siubhan Harrison (Grease, West End) will play Lorene, Robert Lonsdale (Anna Christie, Donmar Warehouse) takes on […]

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