Sir Tim Rice & Friends, with Heidi Blickenstaff, Ashley Brown, Josh Strickland, Presented Jan. 7

Sir Tim Rice & Friends, with Heidi Blickenstaff, Ashley Brown, Josh Strickland, Presented Jan. 7 Original Mary Poppins star Ashley Brown and Broadway's Tarzan, Josh Strickland, join Academy and Tony Award-winning lyricist Tim Rice Jan. 7 as part of as part of The New York Times 10th annual Arts & Leisure weekend celebration.

Ashley Brown
Ashley Brown Photo by Jmmy Asnes

The 6 PM event celebrates Disney's Broadway musicals. Rice has collaborated on such Disney stage productions as Aida, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast and King David, as well as the films "Aladdin" and "The Lion King."

In addition to Brown and Strickland, the lineup of performers includes Heidi Blickenstaff (The Little Mermaid), Merle Dandridge (Tarzan, Aida, Jesus Christ Superstar), Christopher Jackson (In the Heights, The Lion King), Tshidi Manye (The Lion King) and Alton Fitzgerald White (The Lion King).

James Abbott musical directs Sir Tim Rice & Friends, which promises selections from King David, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Aida, Tarzan, Mary Poppins and The Little Mermaid.

A three-time Tony Award winner, Rice is perhaps best known for his collaborations with Andrew Lloyd Webber on Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita. Rice also collaborated with ABBA songwriters Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus on the cult musical Chess.

For more information or to purchase tickets, priced $30, to the events at The Times Center, 242 West 41st Street, call (888) NYT-1870 or visit ArtsAndLeisureWeekend.com.

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