Spotlight On Series to Welcome Arlene Phillips and Tim Rice

News   Spotlight On Series to Welcome Arlene Phillips and Tim Rice The Spotlight On… series of celebrity interviews at London's Shaw Theatre will continue April 23 with an interview with internationally renowned choreographer and director Arlene Phillips.

The live public interview is scheduled to begin at 3 PM and will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the audience.

Playbill.com London correspondent Mark Shenton, who is also a theatre critic for the Sunday Express and has regularly hosted platform interviews at the National Theatre, hosts the series, which was devised by Neil Marcus and Elaine Paige.

Phillips will be followed by a Spotlight On… session with Tim Rice, the Oscar, Tony and Grammy Award-winning lyricist, May 20 at 3 PM.

Phillips – who is best known now for being a judge on the BBC1 TV series "Strictly Come Dancing" – has been represented on Broadway by Andrew Lloyd Webber's Starlight Express, which she choreographed at the Gershwin Theatre in 1987 and for which she was nominated for the Best Choreography Tony Award (reprising a duty she originally fulfilled on the original London production, which ran at the Apollo Victoria Theare for over 17 years), and Saturday Night Fever, which she both directed and choreographed at the Minskoff Theatre in 1999 (reprising her work on the original London production, which opened at the London Palladium in 1998). She has also been seen on Broadway as a performer in a brief run of Lindsay Kemp's Flowers. Other West End choreographic credits include Time, Matador, We Will Rock You and Grease; last year, she staged Flashdance at the Plymouth Theatre Royal, which was followed by a national tour. She is also known for her work as the director and choreographer of the dance troupe Hot Gossip.

Rice has penned the lyrics for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Chess, Aida and The Lion King. He has also worked with Alan Menken, providing additional lyrics for the stage version of Beauty and the Beast and completing the work begun by the late Howard Ashman for the animated film "Aladdin." To book tickets, contact the box office at 0871 594 3 123 or visit www.theshawtheatre.com.