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  • Hodder & Stoughton

Oh, What A Circus

Tim Rice

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Musicals, Biography: general, Biography: arts & entertainment, Prose: non-fiction

The hugely entertaining autobiography of one of the world's best lyricists, which covers the period of his three epoch-making musicals, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.

With wit and candour, Tim Rice describes the gilded path that took him from cricket and comic-obsessed schoolboy to one of the world's best-known lyricists. Along the way he worked as a petrol pump attendant and articled clerk before becoming a management trainee at EMI. But it was his fateful meeting with Andrew Lloyd Webber in 1965 which was to be the turning-point in Tim's career. Immediate fortune didn't follow and it took the album of Jesus Christ Superstar to reach no.1 in the States before they were taken seriously. Covering every aspect of his life until his marriage to Jane McIntosh and the opening of the stage production of Evita, this is an engaging and fascinating autobiography.

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Praise for Oh, What A Circus

  • Tim has winning charm and wit - Sunday Herald - Glasgow

  • Thoroughly engaging read by a thoroughly likeable chap - Lynn Barber, Daily Telegraph

  • An incredible and unique story - Midweek

  • Honest, engaging and witty - What's On In London

  • His style is edgy and elegant, and makes for a memorable read - The Sunday Times

  • Funny, revealing and entertaining. It's Rice on Rice, proving yet again how good he is at making stories come alive - Birmingham Post

  • In ... Fascinating detail ... Rice describes the conception and birth pangs of ... Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita - Mail on Sunday

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Tim Rice

Sir Tim Rice was educated at St Albans and Lancing College. His partnership with Andrew Lloyd Webber produced three successful musicals (as above). Later musicals include Chess and Blondel. He has received three Oscars for his lyrics for Disney's Aladdin, The Lion King and for the song 'You Must Have Me' from Evita. He was knighted in 1994