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Larry Kirwan was born in Wexford, Ireland and lives in New York City. He was leader of Black 47 for 25 years during which the political rock band played 2,500 gigs, released 16 albums and appeared on Leno, Letterman, O’Brien, Fallon and every major US TV show. He has written three novels including Liverpool Fantasy and Rockin' The Bronx, a memoir, Green Suede Shoes, and A History of Irish Music. His latest novel Rockaway Blue was recently published by Cornell U. Press. He has written or collaborated on 19 plays and musicals including Paradise Square which began at the cell in Manhattan as Hard Times (produced by Nancy Manocherian, directed by Kira Simring). He collaborated with Thomas Keneally (Schindler’s List) on the musical Transport for which he wrote music and lyrics. It was produced at The Irish Repertory Theatre (directed by Tony Walton). His political thriller Rebel in the Soul was also produced at “The Rep.” He is currently adapting The Informer for stage. A political activist, he is an Irish Echo columnist and celebrity host of Celtic Crush on SiriusXM Satellite Radio. He was president of Irish American Writers & Artists for five years.

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Larry Kirwan Awards and Nominations

Tony Awards - 2022 - Best Book of a Musical

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Country Artist Kathleen Fee Releases Second Single 'The Morning After the Night Before'

Country artist Kathleen Fee released her second single, THE MORNING AFTER THE NIGHT BEFORE, an anthem for the wild-hearted.

15 New Plays to be Presented at 16th Annual Origin 1st Irish Theatre Festival

The 16th annual Origin 1st Irish Theatre Festival will take place this year from March 23 to April 28 in New York.

Chilina Kennedy and Constantine Maroulis Will Lead Reading of ALL THE RAGE Musical

A one-night-only reading of the musical All The Rage will be held as part of Spark Theatre Festival this March. The reading will star Broadway's Chilina Kennedy and Constantine Maroulis.

Emerging Artists Theatre's Spark Theatre Festival NYC To Return in March

Emerging Artists Theatre will return with its bi-annual Spark Theatre Festival NYC. Learn more about programming and see how to purchase tickets to the festival!

NOT READY FOR PRIME TIME A New Play To Have Private Industry Readings In Nyc On December 7 & 8

'NOT READY FOR PRIME TIME' is a new play that will have private industry readings in NYC on December 7 & 8. Find out more about this exciting production.

The Cell Theater Extends Sold Out COMMUNION Again

COMMUNION, written and performed by Matthew LaBanca has been extended for the second time at the Cell Theater. Based on a true story, the play explores themes of faith, discrimination, and love.

The Cell Theater Extends COMMUNION for Additional Week

After selling out all initially scheduled performances, Nancy Manocherian's the cell theatre in association with Spin Cycle will present an additional week of performances of their developmental production of COMMUNION, written and performed by Matthew LaBanca and directed by Kira Simring.

COMMUNION Developmental Production to be Presented at The Cell Theatre

Experience the powerful one-man show COMMUNION at the cell theatre. Based on a true story, this developmental production delves into the journey of a gay Catholic school teacher facing discrimination and a crisis of faith. Join us for a thought-provoking exploration of love, spirituality, and the fight against LGBTQ discrimination. Get your tickets now!

Irish Repertory Theatre to Celebrate 35th Anniversary with THE FRIEL PROJECT Season

Irish Repertory Theatre (Charlotte Moore, Artistic Director; Ciarán O'Reilly, Producing Director) will present The Friel Project, a retrospective of the work of renowned Irish playwright Brian Friel, to take place from October 2023 through May 2024.

IMPACT Comes to Edinburgh in August

There are no coincidences . . . only connections. A remarkable chain of over 30 “follow-signs” lead award-winning (but jaded) playwright/composer/performer Amy Engelhardt to Lockerbie, Scotland shortly after the 30th Anniversary of the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing.

NYC Cast Announced for Industry Staged Readings of JUNGLE JIM, A MUSICAL WILDLIFE ADVENTURE

Wagner Productions in association with CPA Theatricals has announced the NYC cast for industry staged readings of Jungle Jim, A Musical Wildlife Adventure, to be staged at 12:00 p.m. on June 3 and June 4, 2023, as part of the CreateTheater New Works Festival at Theatre Row.

New Musical JUNGLE JIM Will Get Staged Reading in New York

Wagner Productions in association with CPA Theatricals has announced NYC industry readings for Jungle Jim, A Musical Wildlife Adventure, to be staged as part of the CreateTheater New Works Festival at Theatre Row at 12:00 p.m. on June 3 and June 4, 2023.

Matthew Broderick, Laura Benanti, Melissa Errico & David Staller to Lead THE LETTERS SERIES at Irish Rep

Irish Repertory Theatre will present The Letters Series, featuring Dear Liar by Jerome Kilty & George Bernard Shaw, directed by Charlotte Moore. See who is starring, and learn how to purchase tickets!

Bethany Arts Community Presents IMPACT, Written & Performed By Amy Engelhardt, Directed By Kira Simring

​​​​​​​Bethany Arts Community (BAC) has announced the presentation of IMPACT, written and performed by 2022 BAC artist-in-residence Amy Engelhardt, directed by Kira Simring. IMPACT is a fascinating story told through the lenses of music, multimedia and memory.

Chilina Kennedy, Van Hughes & More to Star in Reading of New Larry Kirwan Musical IRAQI ROSE

A by invitation only reading OF Iraqi Rose will take place on January 27th, 2023 at The Irish Arts Center in New York City directed by Barros.

Listen: PARADISE SQUARE Composer Shares Cast Album Tracks Amid the Show's Legal Battles

The Broadway musical Paradise Square had announced that it would be releasing an original Broadway cast recording this past summer. Amid the delayed release of the cast album, Paradise Square's composer Jason Howland released 13 tracks on his Instagram.

Charlotte Moore and Ciarán O'Reilly of The Irish Repertory Theatre, To Be Honored By NY Landmarks Conservancy

On November 2, 2022, The New York Landmarks Conservancy will host its 29th Living Landmarks Celebration at The Plaza.  This year's honorees are Rev. Dr. Calvin Butts III, Andreas C. Dracopoulos, Marlene Hess, Earl Monroe, Charlotte Moore and Ciarán O'Reilly, Faith Ringgold, and Oscar Tang. 

Pre-Roe Abortion Letters Inspire New Drama WHAT KIND OF WOMAN

Nancy Manocherian's the cell theatre and off the WALL productions in Pittsburgh present the World Premiere of WHAT KIND OF WOMAN by Abbe Tanenbaum.

PARADISE SQUARE Will Play Final Broadway Performance

Barring a dramatic upturn in business, the Tony Award-winning Broadway production of Paradise Square will conclude its run with the 3:00 pm matinee on Sunday, July 17 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street). At the time of closing, the production will have played 23 previews and 108 performances. 

Listen: Hear Joaquina Kalukango's 'Let It Burn' From the PARADISE SQUARE Cast Recording

You can now listen to “Let It Burn,” from the forthcoming Original Broadway Cast Recording of Paradise Square, sung by the show’s remarkable Tony Award winning star, Joaquina Kalukango.


How many shows has Larry Kirwan written?

Larry Kirwan has written 2 shows including Transport (Composer), Rebel in the Soul (Playwright).

What awards has Larry Kirwan been nominated for?

Larry Kirwan has been nominated for the Best Book of a Musical at the Tony Awards for "Paradise Square."

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