Tim Rice comes to Finger Lakes

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Award winning lyricist Tim Rice discussed his new project “From Here to Eternity” Tuesday on News 8 at Noon.

Rice is best known for writing the lyrics to smash hits like “The Lion King,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Aladdin,” and “Evita.”

His new musical “From Here to Eternity” is based upon the James Jones novel of the same name and will make its North American debut Wednesday, June 29 in Auburn at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse as part of the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival’s 2016 season.

“It was the basic idea of Stuart Brayson, an Englishman who’s not that well known here, but he’s a well known composer in England,” said Rice of the new musical.  “Stuart’s tunes were fantastic, and the most important thing for any musical, any play, any movie, is the story, and if you can add a great score to that and a great cast, which I think we’ve done, then you’ve got a chance at success.”

The story is set in the days leading up to the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.  Rice said the characters are the most important thing when it comes to composing the lyrics.  Through the years, he was won the Tony, Oscar, Golden Globe and Grammy for his work.  Rice said you know necessarily know when you have a hit.  “I think you know if you’re happy with what you’ve done, but you don’t know whether anyone else is going to like it.”

You can see “From Here to Eternity” June 29 through July 20 in Auburn.  For more information, check out the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival website, click here.

You can also learn more at the Broadway in the Finger Lakes website, click here.

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