Seabourn is proud to have an exclusive partnership with Tim Rice, the acclaimed English musical theatre lyricist of Broadway, West End and film, winner of three Oscars, three Tonys, three Golden Globes and several Grammys. In addition, we are pleased to present his successful production, "An Evening with Tim Rice," is now playing on all Seabourn ships.
The show, in association with Belinda King Creative Productions and directed by Belinda King, first debuted in January 2017 on the inaugural voyage of Seabourn Encore and is now part of the evening entertainment repertoire on board Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Sojourn, Seabourn Quest and Seabourn Ovation.
“An Evening with Tim Rice” is a concert-style presentation narrated via video by Rice to highlight some of his most loved work – from Jesus Christ Superstar to Aladdin and The Lion King . The show also includes a number from Chess called “One Night in Bangkok,” and a broad “Circle of Life” finale.
The production is enhanced through anecdotes and visuals from Rice’s personal archive, and audiences will learn how each song came to life as they are drawn into the mind of one of the world’s most iconic songwriters.
Additional cast members have joined the show during the rollout, many of whom have extensive professional experience performing on Broadway and the West End theaters. They include Dayle Hodge, who just finished playing Frankie Valli in the hit West End musical, Jersey Boys; JC McCann, who starred as Joseph in Jersey Boys on the Broadway tour; Rachel Jerram, who appeared in Avenue Q in both the West End and U.K. tour; Matias Polar; who appeared in FAME on the U.S. tour; and Ellie Ann, who performed in Saturday Night Fever in the U.K. national tour.
Tim's much-loved work has given pleasure to millions around the world: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat; Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita (with Andrew Lloyd Webber); Chess (with Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson of ABBA); Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast (with Alan Menken) and The Lion King (with Elton John) - to name a few. In 1994 Tim was knighted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for services to music and in 2008 his star joined the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
'An Evening with Tim Rice' will be a concert-style presentation narrated throughout by Tim himself taking us on a musical journey through some of his best-known work. The production features the four Seabourn Encore Singers and includes anecdotes and visuals from his personal archive. Audiences in the Grand Salon on board every ship will learn how each song came to life as they are drawn into the mind of one of the world's most respected and iconic songwriters.
"This is a first for me, it's been an amazing experience, looking back over my career and the friendships that shaped it," said Tim Rice. "The result is a show that you won't find anywhere else. I've been lucky that my work has been shown around the world, so I love the idea of this production circumnavigating the globe on the high seas on board Seabourn's beautiful ships."
Produced by Belinda King Creative Productions 'An Evening with Tim Rice' will be enhanced with exclusive photos from Tim's private collection and fascinating dialogue. His presence will be brilliantly brought to life through state-of-the-art technology on screens around the stage. During the show's run, he will make a select number of personal appearances on every Seabourn ship. A cast of singers and live musicians will draw the audience into his very special world, bringing the glamour and buzz of the West End and Broadway to every Seabourn sailing.
"We all love to be carried away by beautiful songs. We're thrilled to be working with Tim Rice since he is one of the most versatile and prolific lyricists writing today," said Richard Meadows, president of Seabourn. "From Evita's 'Don't Cry For Me Argentina' to the Lion King's 'Hakuna Matata' - I know our guests are going to be absolutely enchanted. This is such an exciting addition to the whole Seabourn experience, where our two worlds, on board and on shore, are bought together to create a luxury trip like no other."