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West End & Disney legend Sir Tim Rice on The Lion King & the future of musical theatre

POP quiz: What do an Argentine dictator's wife, a kooky genie who sounds like Robin Williams, Jesus and a warthog all have in common? If you were weaned on musical theatre and Disney movies, the answer should be pretty obvious: A certain ol' codger named Tim Rice. Actually, that's Sir Timothy Miles Bindon Rice to you. The 66-year-old Englishman is considered a national treasure in his country - for simply having a way with words. Rice, a multi-awarded lyricist on a first-name basis with folks like Oscar, Tony and, er, Grammy, is the wordsmith behind the songs in musical staples like Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar and Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Disney classics like Aladdin, Beauty And The Beast and, of course, The Lion King. Meaning he's got hotshot composers Andrew Lloyd-Webber, Alan Menken and Elton John on speed-dial. He was recently involved in the...

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