Rice lands special Olivier Award

The songwriter made his name by teaming up with Andrew Lloyd Webber to co-write the music for shows including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita.

He later worked with Sir Elton John on Disney movie The Lion King, and now he’s to be honoured with the Outstanding Contribution To Musical Theatre prize at this year’s (12) Olivier Awards.

Rice will receive the honour at the London ceremony on 15 April (12). Previous recipients of the award include Harold Pinter, Dame Judi Dench and Stephen Sondheim.

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