Tim Rice's From Here To Eternity at the Shaftesbury Theatre
Rice to Provide Lyrics to Anticipated West End Adaptation of James Jones’ Famous Literary Work
Next year will see the arrival of a high profile musical featuring the lyrics of Sir Tim Rice as “From Here to Eternity” finds its way to the stage of the Shaftesbury Theatre. The production is likely to be a highly anticipated event as it is not only a musical adaptation of a much-beloved piece of literature, it is also the return of lyricist Sir Tim Rice to the musical theatre spotlight, ensuring that people will be talking about this well into the next year.
“From Here to Eternity” focuses on a team of soldiers and takes its cues from James Jones’ time in the Hawaiian Division’s 27th Infantry (and ‘The Boxing Company’ – the unit within it in which he served) prior to the Second World War. The story itself is set just before the attack on Pearl Harbour, with passions running high among men of honour.
The original novel appeared in the early 1950s and was the debut novel from the American author James Jones. Not only did it win great praise as a literary piece – often considered among the best of the 20th century – it also spawned a big screen adaptation that appeared on screens in 1953. It featured Burt Lancaster in a lead role and ensured that the title “From Here to Eternity” stayed in the public’s consciousness well into the modern day.
And with this in mind it lands on the stage of the Shaftesbury Theatre where audiences with theatre tickets will be to the lyrical work of Sir Tim Rice. The lyricist has been behind a wealth of shows in the West End and this has seen him work alongside well known names like Andrew Lloyd Webber, with whom he collaborated for “The Wizard Of Oz” (additional lyrics). His credits include “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, “Beauty an the Beast”, “Aida” and “The Lion King”, among others.
The Shaftesbury Theatre is currently the home of “Rock Of Ages” though that is set to close its doors in 2013. “From Here to Eternity” will follow if from the Autumn with an opening night on Wednesday 23rd October 2013 (previews from Monday 30th September 2013).