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Marsha Norman

 
Date of Birth: September 21, 1947 (75)

Birth Place: Louisville, KY, USA

Stage Credits

Productions

 
[West End, 2022]
Book & Lyrics
 
[Broadway, 2005] [Replacement]
Book Writer[Replacement]

Writing

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Photos

Marsha Norman, Jason Robert Brown and Georgia Stitt  Photo

Marsha Norman, Jason Robert Brown and Georgia Stitt

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Date:
09/13/2022
Marsha Norman  Photo

Marsha Norman

From: 
Date:
09/13/2022
Marsha Norman, Jason Robert Brown and Georgia Stitt  Photo

Marsha Norman, Jason Robert Brown and Georgia Stitt

From: 
Date:
09/13/2022

 

Stage

Productions

[West End, 2022]
Book & Lyrics

[Broadway, 2005] [Replacement]
Book Writer[Replacement]

Writing
Playwright
Playwright
Playwright
Playwright
Playwright
Playwright
Playwright
Bookwriter
Story
Bookwriter
Bookwriter
Bookwriter
Lyricist
Bookwriter
Lyricist

Marsha Norman Awards and Nominations

 
Drama Desk Awards - 2014 - Outstanding Book of a Musical
Marsha Norman, The Bridges of Madison County
 
Tony Awards - 2006 - Best Book of a Musical
Marsha Norman, The Color Purple
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1991 - Outstanding Book of a Musical
Marsha Norman, The Secret Garden
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1991 - Outstanding Lyrics
Marsha Norman, The Secret Garden
 
New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 1991 - Best Musical
Marsha Norman, The Secret Garden
 
Tony Awards - 1991 - Best Book of a Musical Gold Star
Marsha Norman, The Secret Garden
 
Tony Awards - 1991 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Marsha Norman, The Secret Garden
 
New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 1983 - Best Play
Marsha Norman, 'night, Mother
 
The Pulitzer Prize - 1983 - The Pulitzer Prize for Drama Gold Star
Marsha Norman, Night, Mother
 
Tony Awards - 1983 - Best Play
Marsha Norman, Night, Mother
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1979 - John Gassner Playwriting Award Gold Star
Marsha Norman, Getting Out

Marsha Norman News

The Ephrata Performing Arts Center to Present THE COLOR PURPLE Regional Premiere in O Photo The Ephrata Performing Arts Center to Present THE COLOR PURPLE Regional Premiere in October
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 29, 2022

The Ephrata Performing Arts Center will present a regional first with its upcoming production of the smash-hit Broadway musical, The Color Purple. The Color Purple will run from October 13th through October 29th, at the Sheradin Bigler Theatre.

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley to Present 19th Annual New Works Festival in November Photo TheatreWorks Silicon Valley to Present 19th Annual New Works Festival in November
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 29, 2022

This Fall, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley will present the 19th Annual New Works Festival, providing Bay Area theatre lovers an advance look at tomorrow’s hits. The festival runs November 6-13, 2022 at Montalvo Arts Center.

Interview: Mary Nickles, Director of THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY at Mill Town Playe Photo Interview: Mary Nickles, Director of THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY at Mill Town Players
by Neil Shurley - Sep 29, 2022

This weekend marks the South Carolina regional premiere of THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, the Tony Award-winning musical based on the bestselling novel. The show runs from September 30 to October 16 at the Mill Town Players original location, historic Pelzer Auditorium.

Photos: Inside The American Theatre Wing Annual Gala Photo Photos: Inside The American Theatre Wing Annual Gala
by Bruce Glikas - Sep 13, 2022

The American Theatre Wing held their annual Gala, honoring the legacy of actor, director, and activist Antoinette 'Tony' Perry alongside the past, present, and future women of the theatre. Check out photos here!

Review: THE COLOR PURPLE: THE MUSICAL is an Exquisite Masterpiece at Stageworks Theat Photo Review: THE COLOR PURPLE: THE MUSICAL is an Exquisite Masterpiece at Stageworks Theatre
by Drew Eberhard - Sep 10, 2022

From the moment the lights descended on the stage at 1120 E Kennedy Blvd., Unit 151 otherwise known as Stageworks Theatre, the opening night audience sat with bated breath as we awaited the opening notes of The Color Purple: The Musical Adaptation with book by Marsha Norman and music/lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray.

KNOW Theatre Opens 30th Season With RABBIT HOLE Photo KNOW Theatre Opens 30th Season With RABBIT HOLE
by A.A. Cristi - Sep 8, 2022

KNOW Theatre will launch its 30th anniversary season with a production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play 'Rabbit Hole' by David Lindsay-Abaire from Sept. 16 to Oct. 1.

Interview: Playwright Jessica Goldberg's Excited to Deliver Her Latest BABE Photo Interview: Playwright Jessica Goldberg's Excited to Deliver Her Latest BABE
by Gil Kaan - Sep 6, 2022

Playwright, screenwriter and television writer Jessica Goldberg reunites with The Echo Theatre Company for the world premiere of her Babe opening September 17, 2022. Chris Fields directs the cast of Wylie Anderson, Julie Dretzin and Sal Viscuso. Jessica was most gracious in discussing Babe, her long relationship with Echo and her productive writing process.

JoBeth Williams & Peter Strauss to Star in LOVE AMONG THE RUINS World Premiere at Lag Photo JoBeth Williams & Peter Strauss to Star in LOVE AMONG THE RUINS World Premiere at Laguna Playhouse
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 1, 2022

Laguna Playhouse has¬†announced that JoBeth Williams (‚ÄúPoltergeist,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúThe Big Chill‚ÄĚ) and Peter Strauss (‚ÄúRich Man, Poor Man,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúThe Jericho Mile‚ÄĚ) are set to star in the upcoming World Premiere production,¬†based on the 1975 ABC Theatre Presentation that starred Katharine Hepburn and Laurence Olivier, of LOVE AMONG THE RUINS.

WHEN CHURCHYARDS YAWN World Premiere to be Presented at Bruka Theatre in March 2023 Photo WHEN CHURCHYARDS YAWN World Premiere to be Presented at Bruka Theatre in March 2023
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 25, 2022

The newest celebrated Hamlet sequel is slated for a world premiere at Bruka Theatre in Reno next March.

Photos & Video: Go Inside Rehearsals for THE COLOR PURPLE UK Tour Photo Photos & Video: Go Inside Rehearsals for THE COLOR PURPLE UK Tour
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 25, 2022

Leicester's Curve theatre and Birmingham Hippodrome are presenting a co-production of acclaimed musical The Color Purple, which is set to tour England and Wales for the first time this autumn. Check out rehearsal photos and video here!

Marsha Norman Videos

Photos & Video: Go Inside Rehearsals for THE COLOR PURPLE UK Tour VideoPhotos & Video: Go Inside Rehearsals for THE COLOR PURPLE UK Tour
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 25, 2022

Leicester's Curve theatre and Birmingham Hippodrome are presenting a co-production of acclaimed musical The Color Purple, which is set to tour England and Wales for the first time this autumn. Check out rehearsal photos and video here!

VIDEO: Westlife's Mark Feehily and Hadley Fraser Sing 'Lily's Eyes' From THE SECRET G VideoVIDEO: Westlife's Mark Feehily and Hadley Fraser Sing 'Lily's Eyes' From THE SECRET GARDEN
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 24, 2022

Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett with book and lyrics by Marsha Norman and music by Lucy Simon, the Tony Award-winning musical THE SECRET GARDEN returns to the West End for a one-night-only concert celebration at The London Palladium on Sunday 28 August. Watch Westlife's Mark Feehily and Hadley Fraser sing 'Lily's Eyes' here!

VIDEO: The Cast Of THE COLOR PURPLE at Signature Theatre Sings Title Song VideoVIDEO: The Cast Of THE COLOR PURPLE at Signature Theatre Sings Title Song
by Stage Tube - Aug 9, 2022

Get a first look at Signature Theatre's cast for the musical The Color Purple. The cast features Nova Y. Payton (Signature‚Äôs After Midnight, Dreamgirls) starring as Celie. Performances run August 16 ‚Äď October 9, 2022.

VIDEO: First Look at an All New Trailer For THE FEVER SYNDROME at Hampstead Theatre VideoVIDEO: First Look at an All New Trailer For THE FEVER SYNDROME at Hampstead Theatre
by Stephi Wild - Mar 16, 2022

Hampstead Theatre has released a trailer for The Fever Syndrome, Alexis Zegerman’s thrilling portrait of a brilliantly dysfunctional family, which opens on its Main Stage on 24 March.  Directed by Hampstead Theatre’s Artistic Director, Roxana Silbert, The Fever Syndrome will run until 30 April 2022. 

VIDEO: First Look At Kate Baldwin & Aaron Lazar in THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY VideoVIDEO: First Look At Kate Baldwin & Aaron Lazar in THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 11, 2022

BroadwayWorld has an exclusive first look at The Axelrod Performing Arts Center's The Bridges of Madison County, The Musical, starring Kate Baldwin (Hello, Dolly!, Finian's Rainbow) and Aaron Lazar (A Little Night Music, The Light in the Piazza). The musical, which runs from March 11-27, is directed by one of its original stars, Hunter Foster (Broadway's Little Shop of Horrors, Million Dollar Quartet, The Producers).

VIDEO: Kate Baldwin & Aaron Lazar In Rehearsals For THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY VideoVIDEO: Kate Baldwin & Aaron Lazar In Rehearsals For THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY
by Stage Tube - Mar 2, 2022

The Axelrod Performing Arts Center will present The Bridges of Madison County, The Musical, starring Kate Baldwin (Hello, Dolly!, Finian's Rainbow) and Aaron Lazar (A Little Night Music, The Light in the Piazza). Get a first look at the cast in rehearsals! 

Broadway Rewind: THE SECRET GARDEN Blooms Again 25 Years Later VideoBroadway Rewind: THE SECRET GARDEN Blooms Again 25 Years Later
by BroadwayWorld TV - Sep 7, 2020

Today we rewind to 2016 for the Manhattan Concert Productions 25th Anniversary presentation of The Secret Garden. 

Broadway Rewind: Fall Into Scenes from THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY in 2014 VideoBroadway Rewind: Fall Into Scenes from THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY in 2014
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 14, 2020

Today we rewind to 2014, when The Bridges of Madison County was preparing for Broadway. The musical, written by Jason Robert Brown and Marsha Norman, played for 100 performances at the Gerald Schoennfeld Theatre. 

VIDEO: Sierra Boggess Performs 'Come to My Garden' From THE SECRET GARDEN With Her Si VideoVIDEO: Sierra Boggess Performs 'Come to My Garden' From THE SECRET GARDEN With Her Sister and Brother in Law
by Stage Tube - Apr 12, 2020

Sierra Boggess took to YouTube to post a video of herself, her sister Summer Boggess, and her brother in law Brian Hertz performing 'Come to My Garden' from The Secret Garden!

Exclusive: Get A First Listen To The Tour Cast Of THE COLOR PURPLE VideoExclusive: Get A First Listen To The Tour Cast Of THE COLOR PURPLE
by Alan Henry - Oct 3, 2019

BroadwayWorld has a first listen to the  2019-20 North American tour cast of the Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of THE COLOR PURPLE. Preview performances will begin October 19, 2019 in Largo, Maryland at The Center for the Performing Arts at Prince George's Community College. The tour will have its official opening October 25, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana at The Mahalia Jackson Theatre.


Marsha Norman Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has Marsha Norman written?
Marsha Norman has written 12 shows including Getting Out (Playwright), night Mother (Playwright), The Secret Garden (Bookwriter), The Red Shoes (Bookwriter), Love's Fire: Fresh Numbers by Seven American Playwrights (Playwright), Trudy Blue (Playwright), Last Dance (Playwright), 'night, Mother (Playwright), Caraboo (Bookwriter), The Color Purple (Bookwriter), The Bridges of Madison County (Bookwriter), In Your Arms (Story).

What awards has Marsha Norman been nominated for?
Outstanding Book of a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for The Bridges of Madison County , Best Book of a Musical (Tony Awards) for The Color Purple , Outstanding Book of a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for The Secret Garden , Outstanding Lyrics (Drama Desk Awards) for The Secret Garden , Best Musical (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for The Secret Garden , Best Book of a Musical (Tony Awards) for The Secret Garden , Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (Tony Awards) for The Secret Garden , Best Play (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for 'night, Mother , The Pulitzer Prize for Drama (The Pulitzer Prize) for Night, Mother Best Play (Tony Awards) for Night, Mother and John Gassner Playwriting Award (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Getting Out .

What awards has Marsha Norman won?
Best Book of a Musical (Tony Awards) for The Secret Garden The Pulitzer Prize for Drama (The Pulitzer Prize) for Night, Motherand John Gassner Playwriting Award (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Getting Out.