Terrence McNally Biography

Birth Place: St. Petersburg, FL, USA
Gender: Male

Terrence McNally has won four Tony Awards for his plays Love! Valour! Compassion! (as well as the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best American Play and the Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Awards for Best Play) and Master Class and his musical books for Kiss of the Spiderwoman and Ragtime. Recent Broadway credits include the revivals of his plays The Ritz and Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune. His other plays include A Perfect Ganesh, Corpus Christi, Dedication or The Stuff of Dreams, The Stendal Syndrome, Lips Together, Teeth Apart (Drama Desk Award Best New Play) and Its Only a Play. Earlier stage works include Bad Habits (Obie Award Best Play), Where Has Tommy Flowers Gone?, …And Things That Go Bump In the Night and Next. He also wrote the books for the musicals The Full Monty, The Rink, and A Man of No Importance. The San Francisco Opera presented Dead Man Walking with McNally's libretto and music by Jake Heggie. McNally has written a number of TV scripts, including "Andre's Mother" for which he won an Emmy Award. He has received two Guggenheim Fellowships, a Rockefeller Grant, a Lucille Lortel Award, and a citation from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has been a member of the Dramatists Guild since 1970 and is a three time recipient of the Hull-Warriner Award for Best Play.



The Kennedy Center recently produced three of his plays under the title Terrence McNally’s Nights at the Opera: Master Class, The Lisbon Traviata and the world premiere of Golden Age. Other recent work includes his musical adaptation of The Visit at Arlington’s Signature Theatre, his play Deuce on Broadway and his play Some Men at Philadelphia Theatre Company and off-Broadway’s Second Stage.



Upcoming Broadway productions include his book for the new musical Catch Me if You Can with a score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, and the revival of Master Class at Manhattan Theatre Club.

Terrence McNally Awards and Nominations

(winners are in red)

 
Drama League Awards - 2015 - Outstanding Revival of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play
Terrence McNally, It's Only a Play
 
The Lortels - 2015 - Lifetime Achievement Award
Terrence McNally
 
Tony Awards - 2015 - Best Book of a Musical
Terrence McNally, The Visit
 
- 2014 - Legend of Off Broadway Honorees
Terrence McNally
 
Tony Awards - 2014 - Best Play
Terrence McNally, Mothers and Sons
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2007 - Outstanding Play
Terrence McNally, Some Me
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 2004 - The Helen Hayes Tribute, sponsored by Jaylee and Gilbert Mead
Terrence McNally
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2002 - Outstanding Book of a Musical
Terrence McNally, A Man of No Importance
 
Tony Awards - 2001 - Best Book of a Musical
Terrence McNally, The Full Monty
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2000 - Outstanding Book of a Musical
Terrence McNally, The Full Monty
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1998 - Best Book of a Musical
Terrence McNally, Ragtime
 
New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 1998 - Best Musical
Terrence McNally, Ragtime
 
Tony Awards - 1998 - Best Book of a Musical
Terrence McNally, Ragtime
 
Tony Awards - 1996 - Best Play
Terrence McNally, Master Class
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1995 - Outstanding Play
Terrence McNally, Love! Valour! Compassion!
Terrence McNally, Love! Valour! Compassion!
 
New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 1995 - Best American Play
Terrence McNally, Love! Valour! Compassion!
 
Obie Awards - 1995 - Playwriting
Terrence McNally, Love! Valour! Compassion!
 
Tony Awards - 1995 - Best Play
Terrence McNally, Love! Valour! Compassion!
 
The Pulitzer Prize - 1994 - The Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Terrence McNally, A Perfect Ganesh
 
New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 1993 - Best Musical
Terrence McNally, Kiss of the Spider Woman
 
Tony Awards - 1993 - Best Book of a Musical
Terrence McNally, Kiss of the Spider Woman
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1992 - Outstanding New Play
Terrence McNally, Lips Together, Teeth Apart
 
The Lortels - 1992 - Outstanding Body of Work
Terrence McNally
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1975 - Outstanding New American Play
Terrence McNally, The Ritz
 
Obie Awards - 1974 - Distinguished Plays
Terrence McNally, Bad Habits

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