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Jim Lewis

 
Bio:
Broadway credits include Chronicle of a Death Foretold (Tony¬ģ, Drama Desk Nominations), Dangerous Games (with Graciela Daniele), Tango Apaisionado. Dance/Opera: Paul Dresher's The Tyrant; Ballet Hispanico's Nightclub; Philip Glass' Les Enfants Terribles (BAM); PastFORWARD (Mikhail Baryshnikov, ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Broadway credits include Chronicle of a Death Foretold (Tony¬ģ, Drama Desk Nominations), Dangerous Games (with Graciela Daniele), Tango Apaisionado. Dance/Opera: Paul Dresher's The Tyrant; Ballet Hispanico's Nightclub; Philip Glass' Les Enfants Terribles (BAM); PastFORWARD (Mikhail Baryshnikov, ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

Productions

 
[Off-Broadway, 2002]
Other
 
[Broadway, 1995]
Adaptation
 
[Off-Broadway, 1990]
Dramaturg
 
[Off-Broadway, 1990]
Dramaturg
 
[Off-Broadway, 1989]
Dramaturg
 
[Off-Broadway, 1989]
Dramaturg

Writing

Bookwriter
Lyricist
Conceiver
Author
Bookwriter
Bookwriter

Jim Lewis Biography

Broadway credits include Chronicle of a Death Foretold (Tony¬ģ, Drama Desk Nominations), Dangerous Games (with Graciela Daniele), Tango Apaisionado. Dance/Opera: Paul Dresher's The Tyrant; Ballet Hispanico's Nightclub; Philip Glass' Les Enfants Terribles (BAM); PastFORWARD (Mikhail Baryshnikov, BAM). Translations: Ionesco's The Chairs; Ibsen's Lady From The Sea. Dramaturge: House Arrest (Anna Deavere Smith); Dream On Monkey Mountain (Bill T. Jones); Art Spiegelman's Drawn To Death; Dido And Aeneas (Spoleto); Bill T. Jones 20th Anniversary Still/Here (BAM). He is currently working on This Beautiful City with The Civilians, touring nationally with an NYC premiere set for January 2009 at The Vineyard.

Jim Lewis Awards and Nominations

 
Tony Awards - 2010 - Best Book of a Musical
Jim Lewis, Fela!
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2009 - Outstanding Book of a Musical
Jim Lewis, This Beautiful City
 
Tony Awards - 1996 - Best Book of a Musical
Jim Lewis , Chronicle of a Death Foretold
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1995 - Outstanding Book of a Musical
Jim Lewis, Chronicle of a Death Foretold

Jim Lewis News

Return Engagement of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST With Jade Jones & Evan Ruggiero Announced f Photo Return Engagement of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST With Jade Jones & Evan Ruggiero Announced for Olney Theatre 2022-23 Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 29, 2022

Olney Theatre Center announced its 84th season today, unveiling plans for seven theatrical productions that will serve as the tentpoles for an increasingly diverse slate of cultural offerings.

Olney Theatre and Round House Theatre to Co-Produce Local Premieres of FELA! and INK Photo Olney Theatre and Round House Theatre to Co-Produce Local Premieres of FELA! and INK
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 11, 2022

Olney Theatre Center and Round House Theatre will produce the Broadway musical Fela! (July 7, 2023 - August 13, 2023) on the Olney Mainstage and will mount James Graham’s Tony-nominated play Ink on Round House’s Bethesda stage during the 2023-24 season.

Olney Theatre and Roundhouse Theatre to Co-Produce Local Premieres of INK and FELA! Photo Olney Theatre and Roundhouse Theatre to Co-Produce Local Premieres of INK and FELA!
by Marissa Tomeo - Apr 11, 2022

Montgomery County’s two leading theatre companies are teaming up again to co-produce a pair of shows in 2023. Olney Theatre Center and Round House Theatre will produce the Broadway musical Fela! (July 7, 2023 - August 13, 2023) on the Olney Mainstage and will mount James Graham’s Tony-nominated play Ink on Round House’s Bethesda stage during the 2023-24 season. The two organizations last collaborated in 2016 and 2017 to produce both parts of Angels in America at Round House, followed by In the Heights at Olney Theatre, the latter of which went on to win the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical.

Artisan Center Theater to Present SCROOGE THE MUSICAL Photo Artisan Center Theater to Present SCROOGE THE MUSICAL
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 9, 2021

Artisan Center Theater will present SCROOGE THE MUSICAL at its 200 seat Main Stage facility. The theater is located at 444 East Pipeline Road in Hurst, TX. The show runs Friday, November 19, 2021 through Tuesday, December 21, 2021. performances will be Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30pm, and Saturdays at 3:00pm and 7:30pm.

FELA! Audio Adaptation is Coming to Clubhouse in May Photo FELA! Audio Adaptation is Coming to Clubhouse in May
by Stephi Wild - Apr 30, 2021

An audio adaptation of the musical FELA!, written and directed by filmmaker Funa Maduka, will premiere on Clubhouse, the popular drop-in audio chat platform, on Saturday, May 15 and Sunday, May 16.

VIDEO: Watch Oneika Phillips, Lillias White and More Come Together to Spread Joy with Photo VIDEO: Watch Oneika Phillips, Lillias White and More Come Together to Spread Joy with FELA!
by Stage Tube - May 26, 2020

It's been over a decade since Fela! first took Broadway by storm, and still, in 2020, its cast is united and making a difference. Oneika Phillips, who starred in the 2012 return engagement, put out a call to her cast mates to come together for the #DontRush Challenge. 'It evolved into an even more meaningful project with layers of celebration such as aligning with the ten-year anniversary of the show's 11 Tony nominations, including Sahr as Fela and Lillias White as Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti. A decade ago, we were at the height of breaking ceilings and blowing minds on Broadway,' writes Phillips.

Arizona Theatre Company Presents MASTER HAROLD‚ÄĚ ‚Ķ AND THE BOYS Photo Arizona Theatre Company Presents MASTER HAROLD‚ÄĚ ‚Ķ AND THE BOYS
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 23, 2019

Arizona Theatre Company (Sean Daniels, Artistic Director; Billy Russo, Managing Director) presents Athol Fugard's powerfully haunting masterpiece, 'Master Harold' ... and the Boys from Jan. 18- Feb. 8 at the Temple of Music and Art in Tucson and from Feb. 13 to March 1 at the Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix.

BWW Album Review: Ghostlight Records and The Civilians Kick Off THE MICHAEL FRIEDMAN  Photo BWW Album Review: Ghostlight Records and The Civilians Kick Off THE MICHAEL FRIEDMAN COLLECTION with Three Gems
by David Clarke - Nov 20, 2019

Prolific theatrical songwriter Micheal Friedman died at age 41 from AIDS related complications in 2017, leaving many bereft as the theater community recognized his vibrant creativity was snuffed out too soon. To preserve his legacy and work, Ghostlight Records is partnering with The Civilians to record nine albums of Friedman's previously unrecorded music for THE MICHAEL FRIEDMAN COLLECTION. This past October, the first trio of albums was released.

THE MICHAEL FRIEDMAN COLLECTION is Now Available Digitally Photo THE MICHAEL FRIEDMAN COLLECTION is Now Available Digitally
by Julie Musbach - Oct 18, 2019

GHOSTLIGHT RECORDS and THE CIVILIANS have announced that the first three premiere albums of The Michael Friedman Collection, will be available for streaming and download today, Friday, October 18. The Great Immensity, The Abominables, and This Beautiful City are all written (or co-written) and directed by Steve Cosson and feature music and lyrics by Michael Friedman.

BWW Exclusive: Listen to Track from Michael Friedman's THIS BEAUTIFUL CITY Album Photo BWW Exclusive: Listen to Track from Michael Friedman's THIS BEAUTIFUL CITY Album
by Nicole Rosky - Oct 17, 2019

GHOSTLIGHT RECORDS and THE CIVILIANS will release the first three premiere albums of The Michael Friedman Collection- available for streaming and download on Friday, October 18. The Great Immensity, The Abominables, and This Beautiful City are all written (or co-written) and directed by Steve Cosson and feature music and lyrics by Michael Friedman. This extraordinary long-term project will eventually comprise the premiere recordings of nine musicals from the beloved late Obie Award-winning songwriter Michael Friedman. The albums will be available at www.ghostlightrecords.com/michaelfriedman.html.

Jim Lewis Videos

VIDEO: Watch Oneika Phillips, Lillias White and More Come Together to Spread Joy with Videoplay
VIDEO: Watch Oneika Phillips, Lillias White and More Come Together to Spread Joy with FELA!

by Stage Tube - May 26, 2020

It's been over a decade since Fela! first took Broadway by storm, and still, in 2020, its cast is united and making a difference. Oneika Phillips, who starred in the 2012 return engagement, put out a call to her cast mates to come together for the #DontRush Challenge. 'It evolved into an even more meaningful project with layers of celebration such as aligning with the ten-year anniversary of the show's 11 Tony nominations, including Sahr as Fela and Lillias White as Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti. A decade ago, we were at the height of breaking ceilings and blowing minds on Broadway,' writes Phillips.

BWW TV: Michelle Williams and FELA National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Plus a Performance Preview!
by Randy Rainbow - Feb 2, 2013

Former member of Destiny's Child Michelle Williams joined the national tour of the hit Award-winning Broadway musical Fela! when it opened at Sidney Harman Hall in Washington, DC on January 29. Fela! received three 2010 Tony Awards, including Best Choreography. Williams and the rest of the cast met the press just last week, and you can check out what they had to say below!

STAGE TUBE: Cast of FELA! Performs on ABC 7
by Stage Tube - Apr 10, 2012

Currently playing at the Oriental Theatre, FELA! has entered its final week of performances with Broadway in Chicago. Two of the lead actors from the touring production of the Broadway musical stopped by at ABC 7's studios for a special performance. Watch the video of the performance below!

STAGE TUBE: Talib Kweli, Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) Present the FELA! Cast in San Francisco
by Stage Tube - Dec 29, 2011

Talib Kweli and Yasiin Bey (better known as Mos Def) recently shared the stage with FELA! cast in San Francisco. Check out a video, via DDOTOMEN.com, by clicking below.

STAGE TUBE: FELA! Opens at Center Theatre Group!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Dec 19, 2011

'Fela!,' the 2010 Best Musical Tony Award-nominated musical, opened on December 14th, at 8 p.m. at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre. The musical, filled with the exuberant music of Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, will continue through January 22, 2012. Go inside opening night in the video below!

BWW TV Closing Night Flashback: FELA!
by Robert Diamond - Jan 2, 2011

Fela!, the new musical based on the life and music of groundbreaking African composer, performer and activist Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, opened on Broadway at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre (230 West 49th Street) on November 23, 2009. BroadwayWorld and Broadway Beat were on hand and bring you these explosive clips and interviews with the cast and creative!

STAGE TUBE: Bill T. Jones Choreographs FELA!'s 'Zombie' on SYTYCD
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 27, 2010

This week, on August 24, Fox's So You Think You Can Dance featured a special number of FELA!'s 'Zombie,' choreographed by Tony-winner Bill T. Jones. Click below to see the performance!

STAGE TUBE: FELA! Releases New TV Commercial
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 20, 2010

Fela!, the critically acclaimed new musical based on the life and music of groundbreaking African composer, performer and activist Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, is directed and choreographed by Tony¬ģ Award-winner Bill T. Jones (Spring Awakening), with a book by Jim Lewis and Bill T. Jones. Sahr Ngaujah and Kevin Mambo play the title character at alternate performances, while the world renowned Antibalas and other members of the NYC Afrobeat community, under the direction of Aaron Johnson, perform Kuti's rousing music live onstage.

STAGE TUBE: MIRACLE WORKER's Abigail Breslin & FELA! Cast Visit 'The View'
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 5, 2010

Broadway dominated The View yesterday, March 3. Following an interview with The Miracle Worker's Abigail Breslin, the Fela! cast took the stage to perform 'Zombie' for viewers. Valerie Bertinelli filled in for Whoopi Goldberg, alongside View regulars Barbra Walters, Joy Behar, Sherri Sheperd and Elizabeth Hasselbeck. Audience members were sent home from the taping with a pair of tickets to see the Fela!. The View airs weekdays at 11:00am EST on ABC.

STAGE TUBE: FELA!'s Director and Choreographer Bill T. Jones Profiled on NBC Nightly News
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 2, 2010

As a nod to Black History Month, during the course of the week NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams pays tribute to a series of history makers, including FELA!'s Bill T. Jones. In the video piece below, Anne Curry profiles Jones and speaks to the Tony Award-winning director and choreographer him about his career, achievements and the tremendous success of FELA!


Jim Lewis Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has Jim Lewis written?
Jim Lewis has written 4 shows including Dangerous Games (Bookwriter), Chronicle of a Death Foretold (Bookwriter), Fela! (Bookwriter), This Beautiful City (Author).

What awards has Jim Lewis been nominated for?
Best Book of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Fela! , Outstanding Book of a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for This Beautiful City Best Book of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Chronicle of a Death Foretold and Outstanding Book of a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Chronicle of a Death Foretold .