Walt Disney Family Museum: “Fireside Chat with Sir Tim Rice, Moderated by Don Hahn”

As part of the Walt Disney Family Museum’s 3rd virtual fundraiser last month, they celebrated acclaimed lyricist, EGOT (Emmy®, Grammy®, Oscar®, and Tony®-winner,) and Disney Legend Tim Rice.

The first half of the event was a career-spanning discussion of Sir Rice’s many works in musical theater with long-time Disney filmmaker Don Hahn.

From his early pop culture influences ranging from The Everly Brothers to Dell Comics, to his first hit show Jesus Christ Superstar with Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sir Rice had amassed an impressive body of work before working with Disney that also included Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Evita.  

Fireside Chat with Sir Tim Rice, Courtesy of The Walt Disney Family Museum
Disney filmmaker Don Hahn

It was while he was working on a movie version of Evita that Howard Ashman passed away and Sir Rice was invited in to work with Walt Disney Animation Studios to finish the music for Aladdin with Alan Menken.  The two subsequently won an Academy Award for “Whole New World” in 1992 for Best Original Song.

Alan Menken with Sir Tim Rice on the production of Aladdin (1992) Courtesy of The Walt Disney Family Museum

Subsequently, he also worked on Lion King, for which he brought in Elton John to do the music and with whom he again won Best Original Song in 1994 for “Can You Feel The Love Tonight.”  Disney Theatrical Productions teamed him up again with Menken for the Broadway adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, and with John for the original musical Aida, while recent years have also seen him collaborating on the live-action versions of Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin.

The second half of the event was a star-studded musical tribute to Sir Rice’s extensive catalogue of work including performances by familiar Disney and Broadway players Jodi Benson, Merle Dandridge, Brandon Victor Dixon, Mandy Gonzalez, Heather Headley, Adam Jacobs, Adam Pascal, and Alton Fitzgerald White.

The songs performed:

    • “One Jump:”  Adam Jacobs (Aladdin)
    • “Heaven Help My Heart:”  Jodi Benson (Chess)
    • “A Step Too Far:”  Adam Pascal, Mandy Gonzales, Merle Dandridge (Aida)
    • “If I Can’t Love Her:”  Alton Fitzgerald White (Beauty and the Beast)
    • “Heaven on Their Minds:”  Brendon Victor Dixon (Jesus Christ Superstar)
    • “Can You Feel The Love Tonight:”  Heather Headley (Lion King)

If you would like to watch the presentation for yourself (highly recommended,) the Museum has a public video up for viewing on their webpage with the first three performances.  An extended version of the event with all the songs was also available for donors/sponsors–donations can still be made to support all the great programming and fantastic historical exhibits the Museum provides at The Walt Disney Family Museum: Fireside Chat with Sir Tim Rice.

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Jeanine resides in Southern California, pursuing the sort of lifestyle that makes her the envy of every 11-year-old she meets. She has been to every Disney theme park in the world and while she finds Tokyo DisneySea the Fairest Of Them All, Disneyland is her Home Park... and there is no place like home.

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One Reply to “Walt Disney Family Museum: “Fireside Chat with Sir Tim Rice, Moderated by Don Hahn””

  1. You say “Sir Tim” not “Sir Rice”. I’m English so just thought I’d let you know in case any Americans happen to run into a knight at any time in the future!