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Saturday, November 11, 2006

Is Tim Rice the "Root of All Evil"?

So suggests Guardian theatre blogger Alfred Hickling. Rice seems to have invited such attacks by recently railing against the lack of new musical theatre talent--to compare with his, presumably.

As for the corporatisation of the modern musical which Rice so deplores, it is worth bearing in mind that he was part of the team behind Disney's Lion King and Beauty and the Beast: the first of which featured dancing baboons and the second a chorus of singing tableware, which gives Rice a unique perspective on the art of pots calling the kettles black.

Note what I presume is the original title of Hickling's piece in the url: "Throw the book musical at him."

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