Edward E. Rice

Edward Everett Rice (1847-1924) was an American musical composer and theater producer active during the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, known primarily for being a pioneer of American musical theater and introducing to Broadway a musical by African-American writers and performers. Edward Everett Rice was born 21 December 1847 in Brighton, Massachusetts to Edmund Rice and Martha A. (Fletcher) Rice. Rice married Clara E. Rich, daughter of Isaac E. Rich, in 1869 and they had a daughter Carrie B. Rice (b. 1870) and sons, Aubrey L. Rice (b. 1876) and Anthony D. Rice (b. 1876). Rice was one of the creators of Evangeline, along with John Cheever Goodwin. Evangeline was an extravaganza and burlesque show that became, in 1874, the first American production billed as musical comedy. Rice composed more than eighteen productions that appeared on Broadway, and created many productions, including Summer Nights, that toured the country.


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