Sir Tim Rice Talks BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and Extra

Bill Berry, Producing Artistic Director of the 5th Avenue Theater, sat down recently to speak to lyricist Sir Tim Rice about his career and what makes Disney’s Beauty and the Beast such an enduring piece of musical theater.

Check out the full interview below!

Rice is best known for his collaboration with Andrew Lloyd Webber, with whom he wrote Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita, among others; with Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson from ABBA, with whom he wrote chess; and with Disney about Aladdin, The Lion King, the stage adaptation of Beauty and the Beast and the original Broadway musical Aida. He also wrote lyrics for the Alan Menken musical King David and for DreamWorks Animations The Road to El Dorado.

Rice was knighted by Elizabeth II in 1994 for services to music. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, was inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, received Disney Legend, and is a fellow of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors. In addition to his awards in the UK, he is one of sixteen artists to have won an Emmy, an Oscar, a Grammy and a Tony in the US.

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