Rice has contributed lyrics to hit Disney movies Beauty & The Beast, Aladdin and The Lion King – and was named a Disney Legend in 2002 – but he enjoyed much of his success with theatre impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber.
The two Brits first teamed up to pen the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in the late 1960s. As lyricist behind Lloyd Webber’s music, Rice also had stage hits with Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita, which won him two Tony Awards.
He also teamed up with ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson to create the musical CHESS.
Rice was knighted in 1994 and inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1999.