TIM RICE (Lyrics)
was born in Amersham, England, in 1944. He wrote the entire book and lyrics for 5
musicals that have played in the West End and subsequently around
the world: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat,
Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita (music by Andrew Lloyd Webber),
Blondel (music by Stephen Oliver), and Chess
(music by ABBA's Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Anderson). He adapted the
French-Canadian musical Starmania for English-speaking audiences.
He first joined forces with Alan Menken to write three songs for Disney's
Aladdin, including the 1993 Academy Award-winner "A Whole New World."
He wrote the lyrics for all of the songs in the following Disney
animated feature The Lion King, from which came his second Oscar®-
inning song, "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" (1995), with music
by Elton John. He has completed work with Menken on a contemporary opera
based on the life of King David, which was performed as a concert in
Caesarea, Israel, in September 1996. He has three other musical in
development for theatrical presentation: Aida and
The Lion King, both for Broadway with Elton John and Disney,
and Heathcliff, starring Cliff Richard, with music by John Farrar,
opening a national tour of the U.K. in October 1996. He is chairman of
the U.K.. s Foundation for Sport and the Arts, an organization that
distributes around 60 million pounds annually to sporting and artistic
causes in the United Kingdom. He was honored to be invited once again to
step into the late Howard Ashman's shoes in order to expand the
outstanding Menken/Ashman Beauty and the Beast movie score for
theatrical presentation. He loves and writes about cricket and popular music. In 1994, he was knighted for his services to sport and the arts.
ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER (Music)1948-
He is the composer of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, EvitaVariations, Tell Me on a Sunday (combined as Song & Dance), Cats,
Starlight Express, Requiem (a setting of the Latin Requiem Mass), The Phantom of the Opera, Aspects of Love, Sunset Boulevard, By Jeeves (an acclaimed re-working of his earlier Jeeves),
Whistle Down the Wind, and his most recent West End production, the Big Game.
Awards include: 6 Tonys, 4 Drama Desk Awards, 3 Grammys, and 5 Laurence Olivier Awards.
He is the first person to have three musicals running in New York and three in London, a record he achieved thrice, in 1982, 1988, and 1994.
He is the first recipient of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers’ Triple Play Award.
In January 1997, he was elevated to the peerage as Lord Lloyd-Webber of Sydmonton.