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Musical Theatre Composers Of Color

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#1
Posted: 2/18/21 at 4:37pm

I'm trying to branch out and learn new musicals from composers from artists of color. Here is a list of all the composers of color could think of, and it did take some digging from MTF's website and this list. I'm including as many as I can think of, though I would prefer names from any living, emerging composers and voices too!

  • Michael R. Jackson — composer, lyricist, bookwriter (2020 pulitzer prize winner for A Strange Loop)
  • Kirsten Childs — composer, lyricist, bookwriter (The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin, Bella: An American Tale.)
  • Douglas Lyons — composer, lyricist, bookwriter (Polkadots, Five Points)
  • Karole Foreman — bookwriter, lyricist (Rule My World)
  • Troy Anthony — composer (The River is Me)
  • Jacinth Greywoode — composer (Iron John: An American Ghost Story)
  • Eric Ulloa — bookwriter (Passing Through, Molly Sweeney)
  • David Henry Hwang — bookwriter, lyricist (Soft Power)
  • Stew — composer, lyricist (Passing Strange)
  • Lin Manuel Miranda – composer, lyricist (In The Heights; Hamilton)
  • Sukari Jones – bookwriter, lyricist (The River Is Me; Ain’t Far From Home)
  • Ari Asfar – composer, lyricist, bookwriter (Jeannette)
  • Jason Ma — composer, lyricist, bookwriter (Gold Mountain)
  • Janelle Lawrence — composer, lyricist (Group Therapy and others)
  • Kit Yan — bookwriter, lyricist (Interstate)
  • Melissa Li — composer (Interstate)
  • Ling Men-Huan — playwright & lyricist (Tropical Angels)
  • Sheng Lei - composer (Tropical Angels)
  • Jay Kuo - composer (Allegiance) 
  • Micki Grant - composer & lyricist (Working, Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope,Your Arms Too Short To Be Boxin' With God)
  • Ann Duquesnay - composer (Bring In The Noise, Bring In Da Funk)
  • Diana Oh - composer, playwright, and lyricist ([my lingerie play])
  • Bert Keyes - composer (But Never Jam Today)
  • Vinette Caroll - lyricist/playwright/director - (But Never Jam Today)
  • Brenda Russell - composer (The Color Purple)
  • Stephen Bray - composer (The Color Purple)
  • Eubie Blake - composer/lyricist (Shuffle Along)
  • Noble Sissle - composer/lyricist (Shuffle Along)
  • Troy Anthony - composer/lyricist
  • Marcus Scott - playwright/lyricist
  • Cheeyang Ng - bookwriter/lyricist (Eastbound)
  • Khiyon Hursey - bookwriter/composer (Eastbound)
  • Michelle J. Rodriguez (The Tempest at The Public)
  • Jerry Dixon - playwright/composer/lyrics (Rock Of Ages)
  • Jillian Walker - playwright/composer/lyrics (SKiNFoLK: An American Show)
  • Heathcliff Saunders - playwright/composer/lyrics
  • Jahn Sood - playwright/composer/lyrics (The Disappearing Man)
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Musical Theatre Composers Of Color

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Posted: 2/18/21 at 5:01pm
Justin Huertas wrote several musicals, including Lizard Boy, which has a cult following.

Richard Allen of Allen & Gray, the writing team behind several shows including Freedom Riders and Bayard.

Jaime Lozano, writer of several shows, recently released the album Songs by an Immigrant with liner notes by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Christine Toy Johnson, writer and actor on the Come From Away tour.

Robert Lopez is a two-time EGOT winner.
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#3
Posted: 2/18/21 at 5:09pm

Charlie Smalls - The Wiz

Just give the world Love.
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Posted: 2/18/21 at 6:12pm

Langston Hughes, librettist/lyricist, STREET SCENE 

Duke Ellington, composer and lyricist, BEGGAR'S HOLIDAY, BLUE HOLIDAY and several other shows

Fats Waller, MARLENE, EARLY TO BED and many other shows

Updated On: 2/18/21 at 06:12 PM
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Posted: 2/18/21 at 7:27pm
Aya Aziz, who wrote “Eh Dah” that played NYMF 2016.
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Posted: 2/18/21 at 8:28pm

Helen Park, who cowrote the Broadway-bound KPOP.

(heads down to the orchestra pit during the Exit Music)
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#7
Posted: 2/21/21 at 9:07pm
Adam Gwon - Ordinary Days / Scotland, PA
Ted Shen - A Second Chance / Broadbend, Arkansas
Leon Ko - Heading East / And many Cantonese musicals after he moved to Hong Kong
Randall Eng - Florida
Timothy Huang - American Morning


Edit: Add Leon Ko and Randall Eng
Edit Again: removing Shaina Taub, for some reason I thought she was Latinx.
Updated On: 2/22/21 at 09:07 PM
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Posted: 2/21/21 at 11:55pm

I didn't know Shaina Taub identified as a Person of COlor...

Updated On: 2/21/21 at 11:55 PM
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Posted: 2/22/21 at 12:16am
I might be wrong. I've always thought Shaina is latinx, is she not?

Edit: according to this website, however legit that is, Shaina is white: https://celebpie.com/shaina-taub/ I stand corrected
Updated On: 2/22/21 at 12:16 AM
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#10
Posted: 2/22/21 at 5:45am

missthemountains said: "I'm trying to branch out and learn new musicals fromcomposers from artists of color. Here is a list of all the composers of colorcould think of, and it did take some digging from MTF's website and this list. I'm including as many as I can think of, though I would prefer names from any living, emerging composers and voices too!

  • Michael R. Jackson— composer, lyricist, bookwriter (2020 pulitzer prize winner forA Strange Loop)
  • Kirsten Childs— composer, lyricist, bookwriter (The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin, Bella: An American Tale.)
  • Douglas Lyons— composer, lyricist, bookwriter(Polkadots, Five Points)
  • Karole Foreman— bookwriter, lyricist(Rule My World)
  • Troy Anthony— composer(The River is Me)
  • Jacinth Greywoode— composer(Iron John: An American Ghost Story)
  • Eric Ulloa — bookwriter (Passing Through, Molly Sweeney)
  • David Henry Hwang — bookwriter, lyricist(Soft Power)
  • Stew — composer, lyricist(Passing Strange)
  • Lin Manuel Miranda – composer, lyricist(In The Heights; Hamilton)
  • Sukari Jones– bookwriter, lyricist(The River Is Me; Ain’t Far From Home)
  • Ari Asfar– composer, lyricist, bookwriter(Jeannette)
  • Jason Ma — composer, lyricist, bookwriter(Gold Mountain)
  • Janelle Lawrence — composer, lyricist(Group Therapyand others)
  • Kit Yan — bookwriter, lyricist(Interstate)
  • Melissa Li — composer(Interstate)
  • Ling Men-Huan— playwright & lyricist(Tropical Angels)
  • Sheng Lei - composer(Tropical Angels)
  • Jay Kuo - composer(Allegiance)
  • Micki Grant - composer & lyricist (Working, Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope,Your Arms Too Short To Be Boxin' With God)
  • Ann Duquesnay - composer(Bring In The Noise, Bring In Da Funk)
  • Diana Oh - composer, playwright, and lyricist([my lingerie play])
  • Bert Keyes - composer(But Never Jam Today)
  • Vinette Caroll - lyricist/playwright/director -(But Never Jam Today)
  • Brenda Russell - composer(The Color Purple)
  • Stephen Bray - composer(The Color Purple)
  • Eubie Blake - composer/lyricist(Shuffle Along)
  • Noble Sissle - composer/lyricist(Shuffle Along)
  • Troy Anthony - composer/lyricist
  • Marcus Scott - playwright/lyricist
  • Cheeyang Ng - bookwriter/lyricist(Eastbound)
  • Khiyon Hursey - bookwriter/composer(Eastbound)
  • Michelle J. Rodriguez(The Tempestat The Public)
  • Jerry Dixon - playwright/composer/lyrics(Rock Of Ages)
  • Jillian Walker - playwright/composer/lyrics(SKiNFoLK: An American Show)
  • Heathcliff Saunders- playwright/composer/lyrics
  • Jahn Sood-playwright/composer/lyrics(The Disappearing Man)
  •  

"

Thanks for the information...
In another words, This is a general list of composers who have written music for the musical theater, along with their works organized by first production date.


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