MICHAEL KORIE is the lyricist of the new Broadway musical War Paint, starring Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole, and is the recipient of this year’s Marc Blitzstein Award given by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Writing for musical theater, he created the lyrics to composer Scott Frankel’s music for War Paint, Grey Gardens, Far From Heaven, Happiness, Doll, and Meet Mister Future. Their scores have been nominated for Tony and Drama Desk Awards, received The Outer Critics Circle Award, and have been produced on Broadway and at Playwrights Horizons, Lincoln Center Theater, and theaters throughout the nation as well as in Europe and South America. Last year Grey Gardens had its London premiere at Southwark Playhouse and received the Off-West End Offies Award for Best Musical of the Year. Korie’s librettos to operas composed by Stewart Wallace include Where’s Dick?, Kabbalah, Hopper’s Wife, Harvey Milk, and SuperMax set to premiere in 2019. He adapted John Steinbeck’s novel for the libretto to The Grapes of Wrath composed by Ricky Ian Gordon. His works for the operatic stage have been produced at San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Minnesota Opera, New York City Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, BAM Next Wave Festival, Carnegie Hall, and Disney Los Angeles Symphony Hall. Korie collaborated with co-lyricist Amy Powers on the lyrics to the musical Doctor Zhivago composed by Lucy Simon, and produced in Australia, Korea, Scandinavia, and on Broadway in 2015. Multiple productions are currently running or announced in Germany, Poland, Hungary and Denmark. Korie has collaborated with playwrights Doug Wright, Richard Greenberg, Michael Weller, John Weidman, and with directors Michael Greif, Des McAnuff, Christopher Alden, Susan Stroman, and Richard Foreman. Concert works include Gay Century Songbook with composer Larry Grossman at Carnegie Hall, and Positions 1956 with composer Conrad Cummings at The Knitting Factory and Urban Arias. Korie’s lyrics received the Edward Kleban Prize, Jonathan Larson Award, and the ASCAP Richard Rodgers Award. He teaches lyric writing at Yale and mentors the Dramatists Guild Fellows program for emerging musical theater creators. Michael can be found on Wikipedia and the Yale School of Drama website.
Photos of Michael Korie by Matthew Murphy.