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Martin Charnin

 
Date Of Death:
July 06, 2019 (???)
Birth Place:
New York, NY, USA
Bio:
Martin Charnin is perhaps best known for conceiving, directing, and writing the lyrics for the hit Broadway musical Annie. Charnin began his career as an actor, playing the role of "Big Deal" in the original production of West Side Story, both on Broadway and on tour. He then began writing ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: November 24, 1934
Date of Death: July 06, 2019 (84)

Birth Place: New York, NY, USA

Bio:
Martin Charnin is perhaps best known for conceiving, directing, and writing the lyrics for the hit Broadway musical Annie. Charnin began his career as an actor, playing the role of "Big Deal" in the original production of West Side Story, both on Broadway and on tour. He then began writing ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Broadway]
Return Engagement [Broadway], 1960
Big Deal
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1959
Waiter
Performer (Standby)
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1957
Big Deal
Snowboy (Understudy)

Productions

 
[West End, 2017]
Lyricist
 
[Off-Broadway, 2016]
Director
 
[US Tour, 2014]
Director and Lyrics
 
[US Tour, 2005]
Director
 
[Regional (US), 2004]
Director
 
[US Tour, 2004]
Director
 
[West End, 1998]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1997]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1996]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1994]
Director
 
[Regional (US), 1990]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1990]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1989]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1989]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1978]
Director
 
[US Tour, 1984]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1982]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1981]
Director
 
[West End, 1978]
Director
 
[West End, 1978]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1977]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1973]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1968]
Director
 
[New York, 2003]
Director

Writing

Lyricist
Lyricist
Lyricist
Lyricist
Sketches
Lyricist
Composer/Lyricist
Sketches
Bookwriter
Lyricist
Lyricist
Lyricist
Lyricist
Lyricist
Conceiver
Composer/Lyricist
Lyricist
Lyricist
Lyricist
Lyricist
Conceiver
Lyricist
Bookwriter
Lyricist

Photos

Richard Rodgers, Joe Layton, Peter Stone Martin Charnin, Danny Kaye Photo

Richard Rodgers, Joe Layton, Peter Stone Martin Charnin, Danny Kaye

From: 
Date:
11/10/2020
Martin Charnin during a preview of 'Something Funny's Going On!'  at 54 Below on Octo Photo

Martin Charnin during a preview of 'Something Funny's Going On!' at 54 Below on October 23, 2013 in New York City.

From: 
Date:
01/01/2020
Vivian Reed, Lee Roy Reems, Robin DeJesus, Martin Charnin, Jarrod Spector, Jennifer A Photo

Vivian Reed, Lee Roy Reems, Robin DeJesus, Martin Charnin, Jarrod Spector, Jennifer Apple and Tiffin Borelli attend attend a Special Press Preview at 54 Below on October 23, 2013 in New York City.

From: 
Date:
07/10/2019
Martin Charnin, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse & the cast from Broadway's iconic musi Photo

Martin Charnin, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse & the cast from Broadway's iconic musical ANNIE celebrate creator Charles Strouse's 85th Birthday at The Palace Theatre in New York City on June 06, 2013.

From: 
Date:
07/10/2019
Tiffan Borelli, Martin Charnin, Jennifer Apple and Lee Roy Reams perform a preview of Photo

Tiffan Borelli, Martin Charnin, Jennifer Apple and Lee Roy Reams perform a preview of 'Something Funny's Going On!' at 54 Below on October 23, 2013 in New York City.

From: 
Date:
07/10/2019

 

Stage

Performances
  [Broadway]
Return Engagement [Broadway], 1960
Big Deal

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1959
Waiter

Performer (Standby)

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1957
Big Deal

Snowboy (Understudy)

Productions

[West End, 2017]
Lyricist

[Off-Broadway, 2016]
Director

[US Tour, 2014]
Director and Lyrics

[US Tour, 2005]
Director

[Regional (US), 2004]
Director

[US Tour, 2004]
Director

[West End, 1998]
Director

[Broadway, 1997]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 1996]
Director

[Broadway, 1994]
Director

[Regional (US), 1990]
Director

[Broadway, 1990]
Director

[Broadway, 1989]
Director

[Broadway, 1989]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 1978]
Director

[US Tour, 1984]
Director

[Broadway, 1982]
Director

[Broadway, 1981]
Director

[West End, 1978]
Director

[West End, 1978]
Director

[Broadway, 1977]
Director

[Broadway, 1973]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 1968]
Director

[New York, 2003]
Director

Writing
Lyricist
Lyricist
Lyricist
Lyricist
Sketches
Lyricist
Composer/Lyricist
Sketches
Bookwriter
Lyricist
Lyricist
Lyricist
Lyricist
Lyricist
Conceiver
Composer/Lyricist
Lyricist
Lyricist
Lyricist
Lyricist
Conceiver
Lyricist
Bookwriter
Lyricist

Martin Charnin Biography

Martin Charnin is perhaps best known for conceiving, directing, and writing the lyrics for the hit Broadway musical Annie.

Charnin began his career as an actor, playing the role of "Big Deal" in the original production of West Side Story, both on Broadway and on tour.

He then began writing music and lyrics for Off-Broadway and cabaret revues, as well as nightclub performances for the likes of Dionne Warwick, Nancy Wilson, Leslie Uggams, and more.

His first time writing lyrics for a Broadway musical was Hot Spot in 1963, which starred Judy Holliday.

In the 1970s, Charnin worked in television where he conceived, produced, wrote, and directed, six variety specials. He won an Emmy in 1971 for his work on "Annie, The Woman in the Life of a Man." He won two primetime Emmy Awards the following year for "S'Wonderful, S'Marvelous, S'Gershwin."

Charnin's Broadway directing debut was in 1973, when he conceived and directed the revue Nash at Nine.

Annie premiered at the Goodspeed Opera House in 1976. Charnin is credited as creator, lyricist, and director of the show, which then transferred to Broadway for 2,327 performances. He won the Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Director and Outstanding Lyrics, as well as the Tony Award for Best Original Score.

Charnin went on to direct many U.S. companies of Annie, as well as West End productions, and productions in Australia and Amsterdam. He also directed the 20th anniversary production on Broadway, the 30th anniversary production which toured the U.S. in 2004, and the 2014 national tour.

Following the success of Annie, Charnin wrote lyrics for, and directed, a wide variety of shows and revues on Broadway. For a full list of Charnin's credits, view his page on BroadwayWorld here.

Charnin was artistic director of Showtunes!, a theatre company in Seattle, Washington, that resurrects lesser-known musicals, and celebrates the work of composers such as Richard Rodgers and Irving Berlin.

Martin Charnin Awards and Nominations

 
Tony Awards - 1982 - Best Book of a Musical
Martin Charnin, The First
 
Tony Awards - 1982 - Best Direction of a Musical
Martin Charnin , The First
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1977 - Outstanding Director - Musical Gold Star
Martin Charnin, Annie
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1977 - Outstanding Lyrics Gold Star
Martin Charnin, Annie
 
New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 1977 - Best Musical Gold Star
Martin Charnin, Annie
 
Tony Awards - 1977 - Best Direction of a Musical
Martin Charnin, Annie

Martin Charnin News

MOULIN ROUGE! THE MUSICAL, HADESTOWN & More Announced for Broadway in Cincinnati 2022 Photo MOULIN ROUGE! THE MUSICAL, HADESTOWN & More Announced for Broadway in Cincinnati 2022/23 Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 20, 2022

Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Cincinnati presented by TriHealth has announced a highly-anticipated season lineup of shows including previously announced HADESTOWN along with new musicals TINA: THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL, TOOTSIE, and the Tony Award Winning Best Musical MOULIN ROUGE.

BEETLEJUICE, SIX, FROZEN, and More Set For ASU Gammage 2022-23 Season Photo BEETLEJUICE, SIX, FROZEN, and More Set For ASU Gammage 2022-23 Season
by Stephi Wild - Apr 12, 2022

ASU Gammage is gearing up for a new Broadway lineup as it announces the 2022‚Äď2023 Desert Financial Broadway Across America-Arizona season. Season ticket holders can now renew their subscriptions for an extraordinary list of shows. It‚Äôs a season filled with hot, fresh from Broadway shows, powerful plays and some all-time Tony Award¬ģ-winning favorites.

HADESTOWN, MEAN GIRLS, and More Announced for Hanover Theatre 2022-2023 Broadway Seas Photo HADESTOWN, MEAN GIRLS, and More Announced for Hanover Theatre 2022-2023 Broadway Season
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 5, 2022

The Hanover Theatre and Conservatory for the Performing Arts has announced its highly anticipated 2022-2023 Broadway Series. Come get lost in the magic of adventure, award-winning hits and toe-tapping fun, and see why these shows have amassed over 60 awards!

Porchlight Music Theatre Announces 2022 - 2023 Season Photo Porchlight Music Theatre Announces 2022 - 2023 Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 31, 2022

Porchlight Music Theatre has announced its 28th season that includes the 2022 ‚Äď 2023 Mainstage, Porchlight Revisits and New Faces Sing Broadway series.¬†Mainstage and Porchlight Revisits performances take place at The Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Street.

PPAC Announces 2022/2023 Broadway Season Photo PPAC Announces 2022/2023 Broadway Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 29, 2022

PPAC‚Äôs 45th¬†Broadway season featuring the¬†Taco/The White Family Foundation Broadway Series¬†opens with¬†TINA ‚Äď THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL¬†(September 11 ‚Äď 18, 2022), followed by the hilarious hit musical¬†MEAN GIRLS¬†(October 4 ‚Äď 9, 2022) and the laugh-out-love letter to the theatre,¬†TOOTSIE¬†(October 25 ‚Äď 30, 2022).

BEETLEJUICE, SIX, JAGGED LITTLE PILL, and More Announced for Broadway in Hollywood 20 Photo BEETLEJUICE, SIX, JAGGED LITTLE PILL, and More Announced for Broadway in Hollywood 2022-23 Season
by Stephi Wild - Mar 22, 2022

Broadway In Hollywood has announced their new 2022-23 season entitled, 'Simply the Best' - the first full season announcement in two years, consisting of eight Broadway national tour productions which will play both the Pantages and Dolby Theatres in Hollywood.

SIX, BEETLEJUICE, and More Set For CAPA and PNC Broadway In Columbus' 2022-23 Season Photo SIX, BEETLEJUICE, and More Set For CAPA and PNC Broadway In Columbus' 2022-23 Season
by Stephi Wild - Mar 22, 2022

The Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA) and Broadway in Columbus today announced the next exciting lineup for the PNC Broadway in Columbus series.

BEETLEJUICE, SIX, JAGGED LITTLE PILL, and More Announced for Broadway in Hollywood 20 Photo BEETLEJUICE, SIX, JAGGED LITTLE PILL, and More Announced for Broadway in Hollywood 2022-23 Season
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 22, 2022

Broadway In Hollywood has announced their new 2022-23 season entitled, 'Simply the Best' - the first full season announcement in two years, consisting of eight Broadway national tour productions which will play both the Pantages and Dolby Theatres in Hollywood.

2022-23 Broadway Series Announced for The Kimmel Cultural Campus Photo 2022-23 Broadway Series Announced for The Kimmel Cultural Campus
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 21, 2022

The Kimmel Cultural Campus and The Shubert Organization have announced the 2022-23 Broadway series with a full lineup of dazzling productions, including Broadway’s newest blockbusters and returning fan favorites, with a combined 56 Tony Awards and 46 Drama Desk Awards.

The Best of Broadway 2022-2023 Season Announced at North Charleston Performing Arts C Photo The Best of Broadway 2022-2023 Season Announced at North Charleston Performing Arts Center
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 7, 2022

The national tour of HAMILTON will make its Lowcountry premiere July 13-24, as the anchor show of 2022-2023 Best of Broadway season at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center. The show will offer sixteen performances over two weeks.

Martin Charnin Videos

VIDEO: Jimmie Herrod Wows AMERICA'S GOT TALENT Judges With 'Tomorrow!' VideoVIDEO: Jimmie Herrod Wows AMERICA'S GOT TALENT Judges With 'Tomorrow!'
by Stage Tube - Jun 24, 2021

See the performance, which earned a Golden Buzzer from Sofia Vergara, here.

Broadway Rewind: The Sun Comes Out on Broadway for ANNIE in 2012 VideoBroadway Rewind: The Sun Comes Out on Broadway for ANNIE in 2012
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 2, 2020

Today we rewind to 2012, when the second Broadway revival of Annie opened at the Palace Theatre, where it ran for 487 performances. Annie features a book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin, with all three authors receiving 1977 Tony Awards for their work.

VIDEO: Angie Schworer and More in ANNIE at the Ogunquit Playhouse VideoVIDEO: Angie Schworer and More in ANNIE at the Ogunquit Playhouse
by Stage Tube - Dec 9, 2019

The Ogunquit Playhouse production of Annie is helmed by Broadway Director/Choreographer James A. Rocco. The cast includes Josie Todd as Annie, Emmy nominee Robert Newman as Oliver Warbucks, and Broadway veterans Angie Schworer as Lily St. Regis, Jeffry Denman as Rooster Hannigan, and Gail Bennett as Grace Farrell.

VIDEO: Dan DeLuca and Amber Ardolino Release 'Peer Pressure' Music Video VideoVIDEO: Dan DeLuca and Amber Ardolino Release 'Peer Pressure' Music Video
by Stage Tube - Jul 22, 2019

Reel Artistry has released a music video, "Peer Pressure," featuring Dan DeLuca and Amber Ardolino!

VIDEO: On This Day, November 8 - A New Tomorrow Begins With the Broadway Revival of A VideoVIDEO: On This Day, November 8 - A New Tomorrow Begins With the Broadway Revival of ANNIE
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 8, 2018

A new production of the Tony Award-winning musical, Annie opened on this day in 2012 at the Palace Theatre!

VIDEO: Preview ANNIE At Danbury's Musicals At Richter Through August 11 VideoVIDEO: Preview ANNIE At Danbury's Musicals At Richter Through August 11
by Alan Henry - Jul 30, 2018

Musicals at Richter (MAR), continues its 34th season as the longest-running outdoor theater in Connecticut, with Martin Charnin and Charles Strouse's ebullient musical 'Annie,' playing July 27 through August 11. Staged on the grounds of the Richter Arts Center in Danbury, performances take place outdoors under the stars Friday through Sunday evenings at 8:00 p.m., with additional specially discounted performances on Thursday, August 2 and 9.

VIDEO: Watch the Cast of the Muny's ANNIE Sing 'We'd Like To Thank You, Herbert Hoove VideoVIDEO: Watch the Cast of the Muny's ANNIE Sing 'We'd Like To Thank You, Herbert Hoover'
by Stage Tube - Jul 23, 2018

Tony nominees Christopher Sieber and Jennifer Simard star as the stoically affluent Daddy Warbucks and the deliciously wicked Miss Hannigan, respectively, in the Muny's centennial season production of Annie, running through July 25. Watch the cast sing We'd Like To Thank You, Herbert Hoover in the video below!

VIDEO: Watch Jennifer Simard Sing 'Little Girls' in ANNIE at the Muny VideoVIDEO: Watch Jennifer Simard Sing 'Little Girls' in ANNIE at the Muny
by Stage Tube - Jul 21, 2018

Tony nominees Christopher Sieber and Jennifer Simard star as the stoically affluent Daddy Warbucks and the deliciously wicked Miss Hannigan, respectively, in the Muny's centennial season production of Annie, running through July 25. Watch Simard sing the iconic hit 'Little Girls' in the video below!

VIDEO: Get A First Look At ANNIE At The Muny VideoVIDEO: Get A First Look At ANNIE At The Muny
by Alan Henry - Jul 19, 2018

BroadwayWorld has a first look at The Muny's production of Annie! Check out a clip below!

VIDEO: The Sun Comes Out with ANNIE at the Mirvish Theater! VideoVIDEO: The Sun Comes Out with ANNIE at the Mirvish Theater!
by Stage Tube - Apr 24, 2018

Performances for ANNIE THE MUSICAL begin tonight, Tuesday April 24 at the Ed Mirvish Theatre! ANNIE is now on stage through June 3, 2018.  


Martin Charnin Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Martin Charnin been in?
Martin Charnin has appeared on Broadway in 3 shows.

How many West End shows has Martin Charnin been in?
Martin Charnin has not appeared in the West End

What awards has Martin Charnin been nominated for?
Best Book of a Musical (Tony Awards) for The First , Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for The First , Outstanding Director - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Annie , Outstanding Lyrics (Drama Desk Awards) for Annie Best Musical (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Annie and Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Annie .

What awards has Martin Charnin won?
Outstanding Director - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Annie Outstanding Lyrics (Drama Desk Awards) for Annieand Best Musical (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Annie.

How many shows has Martin Charnin written?
Martin Charnin has written 19 shows including Fallout (Composer/Lyricist), Hot Spot (Lyricist), Zenda (Lyricist), Ballad for a Firing Squad (Lyricist), La Strada (Lyricist), Two By Two (Lyricist), A Celebration of Richard Rodgers (Lyricist), Nash at Nine (Conceiver), Annie (Lyricist), By Strouse (Lyricist), I Remember Mama (Lyricist), The Madwoman of Central Park West (Lyricist), The First (Bookwriter), Upstairs at O'Neals' (Conceiver), The No-Frills Revue (Composer/Lyricist), Annie 2 (Lyricist), Winchell (Lyricist), Annie Warbucks (Lyricist), Robin Hood (Lyricist).