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Iris Rainer Dart

 
Bio:
Iris Rainer Dart is a best-selling novelist of nine novels, notably Beaches, which was made into a film starring Bette Midler. She was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where her father was a social worker at the Irene Kaufman Settlement in the Hill District. Iris appeared as a child on the stage of ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Iris Rainer Dart is a best-selling novelist of nine novels, notably Beaches, which was made into a film starring Bette Midler. She was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where her father was a social worker at the Irene Kaufman Settlement in the Hill District. Iris appeared as a child on the stage of ... (read complete bio)

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[Arlington, VA (Regional), 2014]
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Iris Rainer Dart Biography

Iris Rainer Dart is a best-selling novelist of nine novels, notably Beaches, which was made into a film starring Bette Midler. She was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where her father was a social worker at the Irene Kaufman Settlement in the Hill District. Iris appeared as a child on the stage of the Curtaineers, the first inter-racial theater group at the Settlement house. She went on to attend classes at the Pittsburgh Playhouse from the time she was six, and was a child actress at both the Pittsburgh Playhouse and The White Barn Theater. Iris received her degree in theater from the drama department at Carnegie Mellon University, where she won the BMI awards for the libretto and lyrics she wrote for the varsity musical with composer Stephen Schwartz. After moving to Los Angeles, Iris was a member of the Columbia Pictures contract workshop. In the 70s, Producer George Schlatter hired her to be the first woman writer on "The Sonny and Cher Show." She went on to work in both situation comedy, and long-form television before she turned to writing novels. Iris was a Governor's appointee to the California Arts Council on which she served for eight years. She was also the commencement speaker at her alma mater, Carnegie Mellon University. It says in the Talmud that "A man is known by his laughter." Iris's own childhood, imbued with the humor of the Yiddish culture, was what inspired her to write The People in the Picture.

Iris Rainer Dart Awards and Nominations

 
Drama Desk Awards - 2011 - Outstanding Book of a Musical
Iris Rainer Dart, The People in the Picture

Iris Rainer Dart News

Jill Rafson Appointed Producing Artistic Director of Classic Stage Company Photo Jill Rafson Appointed Producing Artistic Director of Classic Stage Company
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 14, 2022

Classic Stage Company announced today that Jill Rafson will succeed John Doyle as Producing Artistic Director of the company. Rafson will assume the role beginning June 21, 2022. 

Dramatists Guild Foundation Announces 2021 Award Recipients -- Brittany K. Allen, Avi Photo Dramatists Guild Foundation Announces 2021 Award Recipients -- Brittany K. Allen, Avi Amon, Emily Gardner Xu Hall, Paulo K Tiról
by Stephi Wild - Sep 10, 2021

Dramatists Guild Foundation (DGF) has announced this year's recipients of their annual Awards, honoring playwrights, composers, lyricists, and librettists who show promise in their writing to invest in the future of theater through their stories.

Dramatists Guild Foundation Announces 2021 Recipients Including Brittany K. Allen, Av Photo Dramatists Guild Foundation Announces 2021 Recipients Including Brittany K. Allen, Avi Amon, and More
by Taylor Brethauer-Hamling - Sep 9, 2021

Dramatists Guild Foundation (DGF) has announced this year’s recipients of their annual Awards, honoring playwrights, composers, lyricists, and librettists who show promise in their writing to invest in the future of theater through their stories.

Judy Kuhn, Samantha Massell and More to Take Part in THE PEOPLE IN THE PICTURE Virtua Photo Judy Kuhn, Samantha Massell and More to Take Part in THE PEOPLE IN THE PICTURE Virtual Event
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 1, 2021

 On Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom Hashoah) next Wednesday, April 7 at 7:30pm, the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan will present a virtual conversation and musical event focused on the 2011 Broadway musical The People in the Picture, which follows a grandmother recalling her life in the Yiddish Theater in pre-war Poland.

BWW Interview: Michele Brourman and Amanda McBroom Offer Online Songwriting Course Photo BWW Interview: Michele Brourman and Amanda McBroom Offer Online Songwriting Course
by Stephen Mosher - Nov 7, 2020

When the best in the business pass their craft down to online students, Broadway World and Stephen Mosher want to hear more.

Dramatists Guild Foundation Announces 2020 Stephen Schwartz and Thom Thomas Award Win Photo Dramatists Guild Foundation Announces 2020 Stephen Schwartz and Thom Thomas Award Winners
by Stephi Wild - May 21, 2020

a??a??a??a??a??a??a??Dramatists Guild Foundation (DGF) has announced this year's recipients of the Stephen Schwartz and Thom Thomas Awards. Khiyon Hursey is the recipient of the Stephen Schwartz Award. Erika Dickerson-Despenza, Julia Meinwald, and Benjamin Velez are the first multiple honorees of the Thom Thomas Award

BWW Interview: Music Composer Michele Brourman Talks Upcoming Concerts in Chicago and Photo BWW Interview: Music Composer Michele Brourman Talks Upcoming Concerts in Chicago and New York
by Don Grigware - Sep 11, 2019

Music composer, pianist Michele Brourman is world reknowned for her brilliant compositions and collaborations with other great songwriters like Amanda McBroom. She has a tremendous passion for performing. She will be in Chicago on the 15th and in New York in October doing what she does best. The world is a better place because of it.

Photo Coverage: Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellows Present New Works! Photo Photo Coverage: Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellows Present New Works!
by Walter McBride - Oct 17, 2018

Last night, the 2017-2018 class of Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellows presented excerpts of full length works at Playwrights Horizons at 7:00 PM. This presentation caps off a year spent working under the tutelage of Michael Korie (War Paint), Laurence O'Keefe (Heathers), Diana Son (Stop Kiss), and Sheri Wilner (Kingdom City).

Photo Flash: Get a First Look at THE PEOPLE IN THE PICTURE at San Jose's 3Below Theat Photo Photo Flash: Get a First Look at THE PEOPLE IN THE PICTURE at San Jose's 3Below Theaters
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2018

The acclaimed Broadway musical The People in The Picture is heading west! Having garnered Tony winner Donna Murphy a best actress nomination, the show will begin its run at the famed 3 Below Theater in San Jose, CA, on April 12th. The musical was also nominated for Drama Desk and Outer Critics awards in 2011 for outstanding book and music.

BWW Interview: Iris Rainer Dart of PEOPLE IN THE PICTURE at 3Below Photo BWW Interview: Iris Rainer Dart of PEOPLE IN THE PICTURE at 3Below
by Leigh Scheps - Mar 28, 2018

The musical, The People in the Picture, is getting a makeover as a new production is being mounted at 3Below in San Jose, California with performances beginning April 26th. Making its west coast premiere, it's the first time the show has been back on stage since its 2011 debut on Broadway at Roundabout Theatre Company's Studio 54 starring Donna Murphy, who was nominated for a Tony Award for her role as Bubbie/Raisel.

Iris Rainer Dart Videos

VIDEO: Lifetime Shares Extended Trailer for BEACHES, Starring Idina Menzel
by Caryn Robbins - Dec 28, 2016

Lifetime has shared an all-new extended trailer for BEACHES, starring Idina Menzel and Nia Long. Check it out below!

STAGE TUBE: Idina Menzel Premieres Iconic 'Glory of Love' in First BEACHES Teaser Trailer
by Stage Tube - Nov 16, 2016

Check the brand-new first teaser for Lifetime's upcoming small-screen remake of the 80's female friendship classic, Beaches. While fans await the film's premiere, starring Idina Menzel and Nia Long, you can hear Menzel croon the opening lines of the now iconic ballad, 'The GLORY of Love' in the clip.

STAGE TUBE: BEACHES' Shoshana Bean Performs Acoustic Version of 'Wind Beneath My Wings'
by Stage Tube - Aug 7, 2015

Drury Lane Productions and Jennifer Maloney-Prezioso (Broadway's Spring Awakening, Rock of Ages) present the pre-Broadway production of Beaches, A New Musical, based on the beloved novel by Iris Rainer Dart. The show began previews June 24 and runs through August 16, 2015. The original musical is written by Iris Rainer Dart andThom Thomas, with music by David Austin and lyrics by Iris Rainer Dart. The production is directed by Eric Schaeffer(Broadway's Follies, Million Dollar Quartet). Show star Shoshana Bean is back at it with another entry in her backstage vlog, this time performing the show's anthem, 'Wind Beneath My Wings.'

STAGE TUBE: BEACHES' Shoshana Bean, Kamilah Marshall & Melanie Nyema Perform 'Quittin' Time' Backstage at Drury Lane
by Stage Tube - Jul 23, 2015

Show star Shoshana Bean is back at it with another entry in her backstage vlog, this time featuring Kamilah Marshall and Melanie Nyema performing 'Quittin' Time.' Check it out below!

STAGE TUBE: Show Swap! BEACHES' Whitney Bashor & Shoshana Bean Sing from THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY
by Stage Tube - Jul 17, 2015

Below,  the two leading ladies bring us a performance straight from Bean's dressing room. Watch as they perform Bashor's big song from THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY- 'Another Life.'

BWW TV: Watch Highlights of Shoshana Bean and Whitney Bashor in Drury Lane's BEACHES!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 8, 2015

Drury Lane Productions and Jennifer Maloney-Prezioso (Broadway's Spring Awakening, Rock of Ages) present the pre-Broadway production of Beaches, A New Musical, based on the beloved novel by Iris Rainer Dart. The show began previews June 24 and runs through August 16, 2015. The original musical is written by Iris Rainer Dart and Thom Thomas, with music by David Austin and lyrics by Iris Rainer Dart. The production is directed by Eric Schaeffer (Broadway's Follies, Million Dollar Quartet). BroadwayWorld has a first look at the stars in action below!

STAGE TUBE: Alysha Umphress and Mara Davi Sing Duet from Signature Theatre's BEACHES
by Stage Tube - Feb 27, 2014

BEACHESThis spring, Virginia's Signature Theatre presents the world premiere musical Beaches, adapted from the beloved 1985 novel by Iris Rainer Dart. Directed by Signature Theatre's Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer (Broadway's Follies, Million Dollar Quartet), this heartfelt chronicle of a decades-long friendship between two unforgettable women starsMara Davi (Broadway's A Chorus Line and The Drowsy Chaperone) as Bertie White and Alysha Umphress(Broadway's American Idiot and On a Clear Day You Can See Forever) as Cee Cee Bloom. Click below to watch Alysha Umphress and Mara Davi sing 'What I Should Have Told Her' over footage from rehearsal!

AUDIO: First Listen- Alysha Umphress Sings 'The View From Up Here' from BEACHES
by Stage Tube - Feb 25, 2014

This spring, Virginia's Signature Theatre will present the world premiere musical Beaches, adapted from the beloved 1985 novel by Iris Rainer Dart. Directed by Signature Theatre's Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer (Broadway's Follies, Million Dollar Quartet), this heartfelt chronicle of a decades-long friendship between two unforgettable women will starMara Davi (Broadway's A Chorus Line and The Drowsy Chaperone) as Bertie White and Alysha Umphress(Broadway's American Idiot and On a Clear Day You Can See Forever) as Cee Cee Bloom. Click below for a first listen to the song 'The View From Up Here', featuring Umphress!

AUDIO: First Listen- Mara Davi Sings 'A Bunch of Kids' from Signature Theatre's BEACHES
by Stage Tube - Feb 11, 2014

This spring, Virginia's Signature Theatre will present the world premiere musical Beaches, adapted from the beloved 1985 novel by Iris Rainer Dart. Directed by Signature Theatre's Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer (Broadway's Follies, Million Dollar Quartet), this heartfelt chronicle of a decades-long friendship between two unforgettable women will starMara Davi (Broadway's A Chorus Line and The Drowsy Chaperone) as Bertie White and Alysha Umphress (Broadway's American Idiot and On a Clear Day You Can See Forever) as Cee Cee Bloom. Click below for a first listen to the song 'A Bunch of Kids', featuring Davi!

AUDIO: First Listen - Alysha Umphress and Mara Davi Sing 'Extraordinary' from Signature Theatre's BEACHES!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2014

This spring, Virginia's Signature Theatre will present the world premiere musical Beaches, adapted from the beloved 1985 novel by Iris Rainer Dart. Directed by Signature Theatre's Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer (Broadway's Follies, Million Dollar Quartet), this heartfelt chronicle of a decades-long friendship between two unforgettable women will star Mara Davi (Broadway's A Chorus Line and The Drowsy Chaperone) as Bertie White and Alysha Umphress (Broadway's American Idiot and On a Clear Day You Can See Forever) as Cee Cee Bloom. Click below for a first listen to the song 'Extraordinary', featuring Umphress and Davi!


Iris Rainer Dart Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has Iris Rainer Dart written?
Iris Rainer Dart has written 1 shows including The People in the Picture (Bookwriter).

What awards has Iris Rainer Dart been nominated for?
Outstanding Book of a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for The People in the Picture .