MICHAEL KORIE 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 Grey Gardens, Far From Heaven, Doll, Happiness, Meet Mister Future, and War Paint which opens this Spring on Broadway following a run at Chicago’s Goodman Theater. Their scores have been nominated for Tony and Drama Desk Awards, received The Outer Critics Circle Award, and have been produced on Broadway, Playwrights Horizons, Lincoln Center Theater, throughout the USA, in Europe and South America. This past winter Grey Gardens had its European premiere in London at Southwark Playhouse and was awarded 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, 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. Korie has enjoyed collaborations 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 have received the Edward Kleban Prize, Jonathan Larson Award, and the ASCAP Richard Rodgers Award. He teaches lyric writing at Yale. Michael can be found on Wikipedia and the Yale School of Drama website.
Photos of Michael Korie by Matthew Murphy.