JIM RICE, of New York City, Boston, and Worcester MA, is an accomplished and diverse conductor, music director, arranger, pianist and singer. Abroad, Jim has been Conductor of the European tour of Ken Hill's Phantom of the Opera and nationally, Always Patsy Cline. He has been the Assistant Conductor for the international tour of Man of La Mancha and Camelot as well as the pianist for the Broadway production of Grease in Europe. Jim has performed in hundreds of theaters and concert halls throughout Europe and the United States and has performed in every state to date, except Hawaii.
He has worked with Tony award winners: Peggy Cass, Victoria Clark, Helen Gallagher, Joanna Gleason, Debbie Gravitte, and George Hearn. He has accompanied many accomplished Broadway and international singing sensations including Marilyn Mae, Billy Stritch, Rita Mareno, Lucy Arnaz, Liz Callaway, Anne Hampton Callaway, Randy Roberts and The Broadway Tenors: Brent Barrett, Alan Campbell, David Burnham, John Cudia, Jeff Kready, Kyle Dean Massey.
Mr. Rice has been the creator, arranger and music director for a number of tribute shows including the IRNE award winning Primavera: The Music of Louie Prima & Keely Smith starring Jim Porcella and Ida Zecco as well as Dear Miss Garland starring Boston’s Kathy St. George. His brand new project he is currently touring is A Tribute to Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme which features himself as a singer/pianist alongside his longtime musical colleague Valerie Sneade-Roy.
His one man singer/pianist shows have been performed at The Arctic Playhouse’s Cabaret Club in Providence, RI as well as The Red Barn in Key West, Florida.
He has played and accompanied and musically directed artists at Scullers Jazz Club, Ryles, Regattabar, Club Café, and Mechanics Hall; in NYC at The Metropolitan Room, Don’t Tell Mama’s, The Duplex, Danny’s Skylight Room; in PA at the Cosmopolitan Room; in Oguquit, ME he spent three seasons with Michael Holmes at The Front Porch and a variety of venues across Provincetown.
He has worked at a number of theatres such as Stoneham Theatre (MA), Foothills Theatre (MA), The American Stage Festival (NH), Olney (MD), North Shore Music Theatre (MA) Kansas City Starlight (MO); The Tennessee Williams Fine Art Center (FL); San Carlos Opera House (FL), Ogunquit Playhouse (ME) as well as The Westside Arts and Westbank Theatres (NYC). He is currently the resident music director of the Artic Playhouse’s monthly Cabaret Club and plays frequently at Club Café.
Jim regularly contributes orchestrations for Female Impersonator Extraordinaire Mr. Randy Roberts including those for his appearance on America's Got talent. His arrangements have been described as "marvelous" and "sophisticated and richly-crafted”. His orchestrations have been performed by many orchestras including The Key West Pops (FL), The Festival of the Atlantic (NJ), Thayer Symphony (MA), The Charlotte Symphony (FL), Las Vegas Philharmonic (CA) The Hartford Symphony (CT) Plymouth Symphony (MA) the Albany Symphony (NY) and many others.