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Hugh Wheeler

 
Hugh Wheeler Headshot
Date of Birth: March 19, 1912
Date of Death: July 26, 1987 (75)

Stage Credits

Productions

 
[Off-Broadway, 2005]
Adaptation
 
[Off-Broadway, 2004]
Adaptation
 
[West End, 1999]
Adaptation
 
[Broadway, 1997]
Adaptation
Bookwriter
 
[Broadway, 1989]
Book Revisions
 
[Off-Broadway, 1982]
Adaptation
 
[West End, 1976]
Book Revisions
 
[Broadway, 1974]
Adaptation
 
[Broadway, 1973]
Book Revisions

Writing

Playwright
Playwright
Playwright
Bookwriter
Bookwriter
Bookwriter
Bookwriter
Bookwriter
Additional Material
Bookwriter
Bookwriter
Bookwriter
Bookwriter
Bookwriter

 

Stage

Productions

[Off-Broadway, 2005]
Adaptation

[Off-Broadway, 2004]
Adaptation

[West End, 1999]
Adaptation

[Broadway, 1997]
Adaptation

Bookwriter

[Broadway, 1989]
Book Revisions

[Off-Broadway, 1982]
Adaptation

[West End, 1976]
Book Revisions

[Broadway, 1974]
Adaptation

[Broadway, 1973]
Book Revisions

Writing
Playwright
Playwright
Playwright
Bookwriter
Bookwriter
Bookwriter
Bookwriter
Bookwriter
Additional Material
Bookwriter
Bookwriter
Bookwriter
Bookwriter
Bookwriter

Hugh Wheeler Awards and Nominations

 
Tony Awards - 1990 - Best Book of a Musical
Hugh Wheeler, Meet Me in St. Louis
 
Olivier Awards - 1988 - Musical of the Year Gold Star
Hugh Wheeler, Candide
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1979 - Outstanding Book Gold Star
Hughe Wheeler, Sweeney Todd
 
New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 1979 - Best Musical Gold Star
Hugh Wheeler, Sweeney Todd
 
Tony Awards - 1979 - Best Book of a Musical Gold Star
Hugh Wheeler, Sweeney Todd
 
New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 1976 - Best Musical Gold Star
Hugh Wheeler, Pacific Overtures
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1974 - Outstanding Book of a Musical Gold Star
Hugh Wheeler, Candide
 
New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 1974 - Best Musical Gold Star
Hugh Wheeler, Candide
 
Tony Awards - 1974 - Best Book of a Musical Gold Star
Hugh Wheeler, Candide
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1973 - Outstanding Book Gold Star
Hugh Wheeler, A Little Night Music
 
New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 1973 - Best Musical Gold Star
Hugh Wheeler, A Little Night Music

Hugh Wheeler News

Pasadena Playhouse Announces 2022/2023 Season Featuring Six-Month Sondheim Celebratio Photo Pasadena Playhouse Announces 2022/2023 Season Featuring Six-Month Sondheim Celebration
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 19, 2022

Pasadena Playhouse Producing Artistic Director, Danny Feldman, has announced the 2022/2023 Season featuring a six-month-long celebration of the works and impact of Stephen Sondheim.  The State Theater of California’s Sondheim Celebration will begin in January 2023 and extend into June. 

BWW Review: Bake a Leg: SWEENEY TODD Opens in Sao Paulo with Sold Out Tickets Photo BWW Review: Bake a Leg: SWEENEY TODD Opens in Sao Paulo with Sold Out Tickets
by Claudio Erlichman - May 18, 2022

Sondheim's macabre musical Sweeney Todd, arrives in Brazil. The show opened on March in Sao Paulo for a short season and takes place on the 033 Rooftop of Teatro Santander. With direction by Ze Henrique de Paula, the Brazilian production stars Rodrigo Lombardi (Sweeney), Andrezza Massei (Mrs. Lovett), and Mateus Ribeiro (Tobias Ragg).

Madison Lyric Stage Presents SWEENEY TODD in June Photo Madison Lyric Stage Presents SWEENEY TODD in June
by Stephi Wild - May 9, 2022

Madison Lyric Stage will present Stephen Sondheim's musical thriller Sweeney Todd, June 9-19, inside their brand-new deluxe tent on the grounds of Madison's Deacon John Grave House.

Trinity Rep Announces 2022-23 Season Photo Trinity Rep Announces 2022-23 Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 14, 2022

The Tony Award- winning Trinity Repertory Company has announced the company’s 59th season. The 2022-23 Season, which includes a five-show subscription series and an annual reimagining of A Christmas Carol, begins in September and concludes in June.   

Casts Announced for AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' and ANDY WARHOL IN IRAN at BSC Photo Casts Announced for AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' and ANDY WARHOL IN IRAN at BSC
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 13, 2022

Barrington Stage Company has announced casting for the first two shows of its 2022 season: the 1978 Tony Award-winning Best Musical Ain’t Misbehavin’: The Fats Waller Musical Show, and the world premiere play, Andy Warhol in Iran by Brent Askari (BSC’s American Underground) which opens the St. Germain Stage from June 2-25.

The 5th Avenue Theatre Announces 2022/23 Season Photo The 5th Avenue Theatre Announces 2022/23 Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 11, 2022

The 5th Avenue Theatre¬†announced its¬†2022/23 Season. The 2022/23 Season features a dynamic lineup of musical theater magic that includes a world premiere, a co-production with ACT ‚Äď A Contemporary Theatre, and fresh takes on musical theater favorites that investigate the complicated, often messy, but always sublimely beautiful truths of living.

Kokandy Productions Announces Tenth Anniversary Season Photo Kokandy Productions Announces Tenth Anniversary Season
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 1, 2022

It's a cruel summer as Kokandy goes all the way with flirty fun and '90s nostalgia in the Chicago storefront premiere of Cruel Intentions: The '90 Musical, directed by Artistic Associate Adrian Abel Azevedo. This ‚Äúfun, sexy, and seductive‚ÄĚ show (laced with hits from No Doubt, Jewel, Britney Spears, Garbage and more) will have audiences grooving along to the infamous bittersweet symphony.¬†

Tickets Are On Sale For the Muny's 104th Season Photo Tickets Are On Sale For the Muny's 104th Season
by Stephi Wild - Mar 21, 2022

The Muny announced today that season tickets for its 2022 summer season will be available beginning at 9am Monday, March 21. Tickets can be purchased online at muny.org, by phone at (314) 361-1900, or in person at The Muny Box Office, open 9am-5pm, Monday through Friday. The Muny continues to be St. Louis’ destination for summer musicals, celebrating 104 seasons in Forest Park this summer. 

Opera Saratoga Announces Updated Casting And Ticket Information For 2022 Summer Festi Photo Opera Saratoga Announces Updated Casting And Ticket Information For 2022 Summer Festival
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 14, 2022

Opera Saratoga announces updated casting and ticket information for its innovative new festival model that embraces partnerships with multiple venues across the region.

BWW Review: Arizona Opera presents a captivating production of Sondheim's A LITTLE NI Photo BWW Review: Arizona Opera presents a captivating production of Sondheim's A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC
by Timothy Shawver - Mar 10, 2022

Last fall, when local companies were announcing their various seasons, one particular show made my eyes widen as I thought, 'WHO'S doing WHAT?' I'm talking about Arizona Opera bringing to Phoenix and Tucson a fully orchestrated presentation of the infrequently produced, head-shakeningly brilliant Stephen Sondheim musical, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC. Elegant, poetic, heady, romantic, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC is an exciting choice for a large-scale staging leaning into traditional opera. Arizona Opera makes the most of the moment with an enchanting, delightful treat of a show.

Hugh Wheeler Videos

The 5th Avenue Theatre Announces 2022/23 Season VideoThe 5th Avenue Theatre Announces 2022/23 Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 11, 2022

The 5th Avenue Theatre¬†announced its¬†2022/23 Season. The 2022/23 Season features a dynamic lineup of musical theater magic that includes a world premiere, a co-production with ACT ‚Äď A Contemporary Theatre, and fresh takes on musical theater favorites that investigate the complicated, often messy, but always sublimely beautiful truths of living.

Broadway Rewind: Watch Scenes from A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC with Angela Lansbury and Cath VideoBroadway Rewind: Watch Scenes from A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC with Angela Lansbury and Catherine Zeta-Jones!
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 23, 2020

Today we rewind to 2009, when A Little Night Music returned to Broadway for the first Time. The revival, which played at the Walter Kerr Theatre for 425 performances, starred Angela Lansbury, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Erin Davie, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, and Aaron Lazar. With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler, the musical is inspired by the Ingmar Bergman film Smiles of a Summer Night, it involves the romantic lives of several couples. 

VIDEO: Lea Salonga Sings 'Not While I'm Around' From SWEENEY TODD VideoVIDEO: Lea Salonga Sings 'Not While I'm Around' From SWEENEY TODD
by Alan Henry - Oct 2, 2019

The touring production (Philippines, Singapore) of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, starring Tony winner Lea Salonga and Jett Pangan, will launch in Manila October 11th, 2019. In the video, check out Lea Salonga performing 'Not While I'm Around' at a press preview.

VIDEO: Lea Salonga, Jett Pangan Preview 'A Little Priest' from SWEENEY TODD VideoVIDEO: Lea Salonga, Jett Pangan Preview 'A Little Priest' from SWEENEY TODD
by Oliver Oliveros - Sep 25, 2019

The touring production (Philippines, Singapore) of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, starring Tony winner Lea Salonga and Jett Pangan, will launch in Manila, Philippines, 11-27 October 2019.

VIDEO: Get A First Look At Asolo Rep's SWEENEY TODD VideoVIDEO: Get A First Look At Asolo Rep's SWEENEY TODD
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 6, 2019

BroadwayWorld has a first look at Asolo Repertory Theatre's SWEENEY TODD. The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. It is directed and choreographed by Peter Rothstein, who helmed the theatre's critically acclaimed 2018 production of Ragtime. Featuring music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, a book by Hugh Wheeler and from an adaptation by Christopher Bond, this musical masterwork and global phenomenon previews May 1 - 3, opens May 4 and runs through June 1.

#TBT: SWEENEY TODD Attends The Tale on Broadway! Video#TBT: SWEENEY TODD Attends The Tale on Broadway!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 28, 2019

Forty years ago, the legendary Stephen Sondheim musical 'Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street' attended the tale for the first time on Broadway starring Len Cariou and Angela Lansbury. In honor of the occasion, we're throwing it back to the opening night of show's 2005 Broadway revival starring Michael Cerveris and Patti LuPone. Take a trip to Fleet Street by checking out the footage below!

VIDEO: Audra McDonald Sings a SOUND OF MUSIC Classic with the New York Philharmonic VideoVIDEO: Audra McDonald Sings a SOUND OF MUSIC Classic with the New York Philharmonic
by Stage Tube - Jun 1, 2018

Check out brand-new video below of opera and Broadway legend, Audra McDonald. tackling 'Climb Ev'ry Mountain' from the classic musical The Sound of Music, accompanied by the New York Philharmonic for her Sing Happy concert.

VIDEO: Get A First Look At Alliance Theatre's CANDIDE VideoVIDEO: Get A First Look At Alliance Theatre's CANDIDE
by Alan Henry - May 15, 2018

The ALLIANCE THEATRE in Atlanta is currently staging CANDIDE, directed by ALLIANCE THEATRE Jennings Hertz Artistic Director Susan V. Booth with musical direction by Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Music Director Robert Spano. Get a first look at the production below!

VIDEO: Christopher Sieber Explains CANDIDE in Three Minutes VideoVIDEO: Christopher Sieber Explains CANDIDE in Three Minutes
by Alan Henry - May 15, 2018

The Alliance Theatre in Atlanta is currently staging CANDIDE, directed by Alliance Theatre Jennings Hertz Artistic Director Susan V. Booth with musical direction by Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Music Director Robert Spano. In the video below, watch Christopher Sieber explain the show in three minutes!

VIDEO: Watch a Trailer for Kansas City Rep's SWEENEY TODD VideoVIDEO: Watch a Trailer for Kansas City Rep's SWEENEY TODD
by Stage Tube - Mar 28, 2018

Kansas City Repertory Theatre's Artistic Director, Eric Rosen, today announced the cast for SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET which closes the 2017/2018 mainstage season at KCRep. SWEENEY TODD runs March 23 - April 15 at the Spencer Theatre on the UMKC campus and will be directed by Rosen.


Hugh Wheeler Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has Hugh Wheeler written?
Hugh Wheeler has written 12 shows including Truckload (Bookwriter), Silverlake (Bookwriter), The Little Prince and the Aviator (Bookwriter), Irene (Bookwriter), Meet Me in St. Louis (Bookwriter), Big Fish, Little Fish (Playwright), Look, We've Come Through (Playwright), We Have Always Lived in the Castle (Playwright), A Little Night Music (Bookwriter), Pacific Overtures (Additional Material), Sweeney Todd (Bookwriter), Meet Me in St. Louis (Bookwriter).

What awards has Hugh Wheeler been nominated for?
Best Book of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Meet Me in St. Louis , Musical of the Year (Olivier Awards) for Candide , Outstanding Book (Drama Desk Awards) for Sweeney Todd , Best Musical (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Sweeney Todd , Best Book of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Sweeney Todd , Best Musical (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Pacific Overtures , Outstanding Book of a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Candide , Best Musical (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Candide , Best Book of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Candide Outstanding Book (Drama Desk Awards) for A Little Night Music and Best Musical (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for A Little Night Music .

What awards has Hugh Wheeler won?
Musical of the Year (Olivier Awards) for Candide, Outstanding Book (Drama Desk Awards) for Sweeney Todd, Best Musical (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Sweeney Todd, Best Book of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Sweeney Todd, Best Musical (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Pacific Overtures, Outstanding Book of a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Candide, Best Musical (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Candide, Best Book of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Candide Outstanding Book (Drama Desk Awards) for A Little Night Musicand Best Musical (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for A Little Night Music.