Award-winning lyricist Tim Rice will celebrate the forthcoming London premiere of his earlier musical comedy Blondel with An Evening With Tim Rice at the Union Theatre June 25. The interview is scheduled to begin at 7 PM.
Blondel, which follows the trials and triumphs of an ambitious minstrel in King Richard the Lionheart’s court, will get its London premiere at the Union Theatre June 21–July 15.
In a statement, Rice said, “I'm delighted to be appearing—for one night only—at the wonderful Union Theatre. It is one of the great cultural venues of London, and frequently shows theatres three times the size how to put on a show. I’ve chosen half a dozen or so of my favourite songs to be performed live. I’m hoping for a lot of audience participation - in the Q & A anyway - and they can expect some lively chat about famous hits, infamous flops and the present state of the business. There’s a lot going on out there—good, bad and ugly—but it’s undeniably an exciting time for musical theatre.”
Rice is an author and Academy Award-, Golden Globe-, Tony-, and Grammy-winning lyricist. 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; with Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson of ABBA, with whom he wrote Chess; for additional songs for the 2011 West End revival of The Wizard of Oz; and for his work for Walt Disney Studios with Alan Menken (Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, King David), Elton John (The Lion King, Aida, The Road to El Dorado) and Ennio Morricone. One of the most celebrated lyricists in British popular culture, Rice was knighted for services to music in 1994.
The Union Theatre is located at Old Union Arches, 229 Union Street, London. For more information visit UnionTheatre.biz. Tickets cost £25.