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Seabourn Debuting Show Based on the Career of Legendary Lyricist Tim Rice

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Seabourn Debuting Show Based on the Career of Legendary Lyricist Tim Rice

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WHY IT RATES: Fans of Rice’s work will find much to love about this special program that delves into his mind and creative process. The man himself will show up on select cruises as well. -Michael Isenbek, TravelPulse Senior Editor

Seabourn, the world's finest ultra-luxury cruise line, has announced an exclusive partnership with Tim Rice, the acclaimed English musical theater lyricist of Broadway, West End and film, winner of three Oscars, three Tonys, three Golden Globes and several Grammys.

The new production, “An Evening with Tim Rice,” created exclusively for Seabourn in association with Belinda King Creative Productions, will have its debut onboard Seabourn's newest ship, Seabourn Encore in Jan. 2017, when she sails from Singapore on her inaugural voyage. The curtain will then go up across the rest of the fleet next year, culminating onboard the appropriately named Seabourn Ovation, which will launch in spring 2018.

Tim's much loved work has given pleasure to millions around the world:  “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor 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, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II knighted Tim 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 guests 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 onboard 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 onboard 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, onboard and on shore, are brought together to create a luxury trip like no other."

For reservations or more details, please contact a professional travel advisor; call Seabourn at 0843-373-200 or visit

SOURCE: A Seabourn press release

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