43 episodes

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.

Get Onto My Cloud: The Tim Rice Podcas‪t‬ Zobo Ltd & Broadway Podcast Network

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    • 4.9 • 37 Ratings

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.

    The Lost Cricket Musical

    The Lost Cricket Musical

    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.
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    • 27 min
    Land of Hope and Glory

    Land of Hope and Glory

    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.
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    • 28 min
    The Guinness Book Of British Hit Singles

    The Guinness Book Of British Hit Singles

    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. 
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    • 26 min
    Evita on Broadway

    Evita on Broadway

    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.
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    • 25 min
    Pity The Singer

    Pity The Singer

    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. 
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    • 27 min
    Da Doo Ron Ronnie

    Da Doo Ron Ronnie

    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.
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    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

ohforcryingoutloud ,

Superstar

I’ve always enjoyed Tim Rice’s works but also found him a fascinating and engaging fellow. This podcast finds him erudite, witty and always engaging. Great songs too from Tim and his equally talented collaborators.
Tom

TinderboxLondon ,

Easing lockdown blues

Since I discovered Evita when I was about 9, I’ve loved musical theatre and particularly the work of Tim Rice. It’s January 2021, and I’m honest, the third Covid lockdown with no real end in sight has got me quite depressed. I’ve gone for walks everyday but the motivation to do so has become harder and harder to find. Now I’ve discovered this podcast, listening to it during my walk has really motivated me and made the walk a highlight of the day. Something to look forward to. Really enjoying all the stories and information and also the recordings. It’s cheered me up immensely.

paul74763 ,

Chess chess and more chess!!!!!

It is amazing to hear the stories behind one of the best scores in the history of theatre.
I applaud Sir Tim for letting us behind the scenes with all the demos and out takes.
More please!

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