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Get Onto My Cloud: The Tim Rice Podcast

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Get Onto My Cloud has Tim at his chatty witty best, where he talks about his career in theatre and music, his colleagues and friends (plus the odd foe) and sometimes roams off stage to discuss other important matters in his life such as cricket, astronomy, Sunderland FC and boxer dogs.You can also expect to listen to recordings of some of his favourite lyrics (not always the obvious ones) and he reveals how and why some shows worked brilliantly and some didn’t.Described as “Relaxed, casual, essential listening for musical theatre fans and historians”Sir Tim Rice wrote the lyrics for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Chess and The Lion King, to name but five.The composers he has worked with include Andrew Lloyd Webber, Elton John, Alan Menken, ABBA’s Bjorn and Benny and Freddie Mercury.

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Mantelpiece 2

Mantelpiece 2

2021-04-1928:09

Tim’s 50th podcast, like his first, draws inspiration from the strange collection of objects and paraphernalia on one of his mantelpieces. He recalls the wonderful Broadway star Laurie Beechman, anticipates the forthcoming 51st anniversary re-issue of Jesus Christ Superstar, celebrates the 50th anniversary of a Welltron 8-track tape player/radio and premieres a brand new song written with Gary Barlow. And thus ends the first series of Get Onto My Cloud.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
EMI Days

EMI Days

2021-04-1230:42

Tim talks about his first proper job in the entertainment business - a management trainee at EMI Records in the Swinging 60s. He produced his first singles (flops) but learned the recording studio ropes, and met an artist with whom he was to have a long and successful musical relationship (and friendship) in later years - Murray Head. He plays some of those early efforts which were great training for the JC Superstar album a few years down the line. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Gee Seven

Gee Seven

2021-04-0525:17

The planned revivals of Aida and From Here To Eternity are still stymied but Tim has written a new song inspired by the G7 summit in Cornwall in June.  Imaginatively entitled Gee Seven it pays tribute to that magic number rather than to the soon-to-be-assembled throng of world leaders, but does contain advice which they will surely appreciate.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tim looks back at the 1973 Norman Jewison film of Jesus Christ Superstar, and in particular at the great contributions from Ted Neeley and Carl Anderson. He has just about got over the rejection of his screenplay and André Previn’s contributions.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
For a while Tim thought that the best follow-up to JC Superstar would be a musical based on Jeeves and Bertie Wooster. Turned out not to be a good idea.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Chess On Broadway

Chess On Broadway

2021-03-1526:25

Tim recalls the ups and mainly downs of Chess on the great White Way in 1988. He was abandoned in a remote lay-by, Inspiring a film starring Bob Geldof, and lost a packet when the show closed after eight weeks. But a couple of great new songs were added to the already very popular score.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tim wrestles with the eternal songwriter’s dilemma - which comes first, the words of the music? Andrew Lloyd Webber generally liked music first, Elton John always the words first. Dipping into songs from his first ever musical with Andrew and into the Lion King score he wrote with Elton, Tim attempts to see which way round works best. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tim reveals all about the last complete musical he wrote with Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cricket (Hearts and Wickets), just 30 minutes long, commissioned by HRH Prince Edward for HM The Queen’s 60th birthday in 1986. No official recording exists but Tim tells the tale with selections of the lyrics and a couple of the actual songs. Surely the theatre world would appreciate a new, complete recording? Well he would anyway. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Land of Hope and Glory

Land of Hope and Glory

2021-02-2229:41

Tim is inspired by a 1944 theatre poster of a play which is totally forgotten today; however it has a great emotional impact for him, reminding him of the great times and success he and Andrew Lloyd Webber enjoyed with their manager the late David Land. It’s possible to succeed without taking yourself too seriously. In fact David Land proved it’s almost essential. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tim tells the story of the creation of the unofficial Bible of the British charts in their glory years - the series of books he founded with brother Jo, Paul Gambaccini and Mike Read. Tommy Steele, Kate Bush and Billy Fury illustrate his tale.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Evita on Broadway

Evita on Broadway

2021-02-0824:57

Tim goes back to the 1979 début of Evita on Broadway, starring the gifted and eccentric Patti LuPone, Mandy Patinkin and Bob Gunton. He also reports on embarrassing meetings with Bonnie and Clyde. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Pity The Singer

Pity The Singer

2021-02-0127:10

Tim goes through the process that eventually led to the creation of Pity The Child, beginning with a Benny instrumental and a Bjorn vocal. The song is perhaps the most challenging in the Chess score, which Murray Head conquered impressively. He recalls car theft, non-appearance of moose and One Night in Trosa, a beautiful town on the Swedish Archipelago.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Da Doo Ron Ronnie

Da Doo Ron Ronnie

2021-01-2524:18

Tim recalls two meetings with the legendary Ronnie Spector, thirty years apart, on the TV show Ready Steady Go and in the recording studio. He describes his first ever television appearance, lip-syncing to a top ten hit by a Liverpudlian star of the swinging sixties. And he reveals how he once kept the Beatles from number one. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tim reveals his infallible 10-point guide to writing a successful musical, researched and acquired after over a half a century of on and off stage bewilderment. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Run for cover

Run for cover

2021-01-1127:34

Tim digs up some cover versions of four of his best-known songs performed by boxing legends Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond and Brian Wilson - and music legend Mike Tyson; or possibly the other way round.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tim describes the recent NBC TV concert presentation of Jesus Christ Superstar that starred John Legend, Sara Bareilles, Alice Cooper and Brandon Victor Dixon. He looks back at Dorothy L. Sayers' 12-play cycle about Jesus’ life and death broadcast by the BBC at the height of World War II and surprisingly finds a few aspects common to both works.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Chess #5

Chess #5

2020-12-2121:59

For the 5th time, in response to staggering public demand, Tim dips into his vast library of Chess out-takes, in-takes and mis-takes that were laid down in the 83/84 recordings of the original album. Bjorn as Arbiter and is also a one-man chorus to Murray on Bangkok. Elaine sings I Know Him So Well on her own. Plus a treat from her Xmas album. Yule be delighted.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
It’s Only Words

It’s Only Words

2020-12-1429:00

Tim reveals some of his childhood lyric-writing influences which include Salad Days and My Fair Lady, Flanders and Swann and several great rock n roll lyricists including Jerry Lieber, Felice & Boudleaux Bryant, Jerry Lieber & Eddie Cochran. He plays a couple of his own later efforts sung by David Essex & Chaka Khan. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Alan Menken Superstar

Alan Menken Superstar

2020-12-0727:49

Tim is amazed to realise that he has written around 50 songs with the great American composer Alan Menken, 8-time Oscar winner and fellow EGOT. So Podcast 32 features five of their joint compositions, including a song that never made it into Aladdin and a couple of items from King David. Judy Kuhn, Dan Stevens, Jonathan Freeman, Brad Kane and Alan himself vocalise. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tim recalls Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 2011 stage production of The Wizard Of Oz at the London Palladium for which he and ALW added 4 songs to the immortal Harburg/Arlen score. Hannah Waddingham is a stirring Wicked Witch of the West and Michael Crawford, Shonagh Daly and Maynard Williams sing some lesser-known TR gems - unjustly lesser-known of course. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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