|Research & Links|
For a synopsis of Tim Rice's career, consult his entries in Who's Who, International Who's Who, and Who's Who In America. He is included in The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music (1992), and The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music 2nd Edition (1995). Updated listings appear in the programmes and brochures from theatrical shows currently playing. There are career biographies of Tim Rice on the world wide web by Disney at Disney Records circa 1992 and as a Disney Legend from 2002.
The most authoritative and entertaining source of information is Tim Rice's autobiography which covers his life and career up until June 1978 (just after the opening of Evita in the West End) titled Oh, What A Circus, published in 1999 by Hodder & Stoughton. (For assistance purchasing the autobiography, click here.)
Books on musical theatre or lyricists often include Tim Rice within their selections of personalities. For example, the following books include a chapter based upon an interview with Tim Rice: In Their Own Words, by B. Pollock (1975); Notes On Broadway : Conversation With The Great Songwriters, by A. Kasha & J. Hirschhorn (1985); Behind The Muse, by B. DeMain (2001). His opinions and sometimes direct quotations are also featured in books on musical theatre such as Broadway Babies Say Goodnight by M. Steyn (1999).
Periodicals are an invaluable resource in learning about Tim Rice's career and in following the progress of his various shows and other projects. Articles frequently appear in papers and magazines around the world such as The New York Times, The Times (London), The Telegraph, Newsweek, Time, Variety, and Billboard. Playbill Online (http://www.playbill.com) provides daily theatre updates and maintains an archive of previous features.
There have been books published which chronicle the evolution of his various projects from the spark of an idea to public presentation. These "making of" type books include: Jesus Christ Superstar, by M. Braun (1972); Rock Opera : The Creation Of Jesus Christ Superstar, by E. Nassour & R. Broderick (1973); Evita : The Legend Of Eva Peron, by T. Rice (1978); Chess : The Making Of The Musical, by W. Hartston (1986); Disney's Beauty And The Beast : The Broadway Musical, by D. Frantz (1995); The Lion King : Pride Rock On Broadway, by Julie Taymor (1998); The Making Of Evita, by A. Parker (1996); Aida : The Making Of The Broadway Musical, by M. Lassell (2000). There is also Disney On Broadway, by M. Lassell (2002), which is dedicated to the creative process behind Beauty And The Beast, The Lion King and Aida.
In addition to researching Tim Rice and the specific projects he has worked on, another way of gleaning further information is to research his collaborators and the performers he has frequently worked with (e.g. ABBA/Benny Andersson & Bjorn Ulvaeus, David Essex, Murray Head, Elton John, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cameron Macintosh, Paul Nicholas, Alan Menken, Elaine Paige, Colm Wilkinson).
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