|Tim Rice on casting Elton in "Joseph"
Friday, October 3 2014
Tim Riceís West End production of "From Here to Eternity" is hitting the big screen October 2, 5 and 9, 2014, making its debut in movie theaters throughout the US.
Although the tuner, adapted from James Jones' 1951 WW2 classic novel, with lyrics by Rice, music by Stuart Brayson and a book by Bill Oakes, had a short-lived London run, the legendary lyricist has hopes that it will have a new life in America. Since 1965 Rice has worked extensively with Andrew Lloyd Webber, Disney and Elton John and his many credits include "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat", "Jesus Christ Superstar", "Evita", "Chess", "Aladdin", "Beauty and the Beast", "Aida" and "The Lion King". The Tony, Oscar and Grammy-winning, cricket-loving Brit talked to Broadway.com about his projects, past, present and future.
Congratulations on the recent milestone with The Lion King! With that show and of course all of your other successes, did you feel a pressure working on FHTE?
Absolutely not at all. Regards Lion King, it was a great Disney thing which I was lucky enough to be involved with from the start and itís just very nice to have happen. I think Elton and I made quite a bit of a contribution, particularly to the movie, but these things take off and have a life of their own.
Elton Johnís production company is making the Joseph movieówas it you that put everyone together?
No, I didnít have anything to do with putting people together. At least I donít think I did. Elton rang up and said that he was thrilled that his company were doing it, but I donít think he's going to be particularly involved. Maybe heíll take a part, actually!
What sort of stage is the Joseph movie at?
We had the first meeting about it last week and itís the very early days. Matt Lucas is doing a screenplay. Obviously if there are any new songs then Andrew and I will write them.
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