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Mel Marvin

 
Bio:
Mel's long career as a composer includes scores for 30 musicals, 47 plays, and 3 operas. His musical Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas returned in 2019 for its yearly national tour, with two companies playing 11 cities in the U.S. and the U.K. Canceled for 2020 by the pandemic, The ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Mel's long career as a composer includes scores for 30 musicals, 47 plays, and 3 operas. His musical Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas returned in 2019 for its yearly national tour, with two companies playing 11 cities in the U.S. and the U.K. Canceled for 2020 by the pandemic, The ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Off-Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Off-Broadway Production, 1981
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1980
Piano

Productions

 
[Broadway, 2007]
Composer
 
[Broadway, 1999]
Music Arranger
Musical/Vocal Arrangements
 
[Broadway, 1994]
Composer
 
[Broadway, 1980]
Vocal Music Arranger
Pianist
Music Arranger
Conductor
Music Arrangements
 
[Off-Broadway, 1980]
Music Arrangements
Musical Director
 
[Broadway, 1975]
Composer
 
[West End, 1972]
Dance/Incidental Arrangements
 
[Broadway, 1972]
Composer
Dance Music Arranger
Musical Supervisor
Vocal Music Arranger
 
[Broadway, 1970]
Dance Music Arranger
Dance/Incidental Music

Writing

Composer
Conceiver
Composer
Composer
Composer/Lyricist
Conceiver
Bookwriter

Photos

Bob Satuloff, Charlie Pollock, Lisa Bishop, Mel Marvin, Eric Schaeffer, and Mary Kate Photo

Bob Satuloff, Charlie Pollock, Lisa Bishop, Mel Marvin, Eric Schaeffer, and Mary Kate Morrissey

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Date:
10/20/2014
Vadim Feichtner (Music Director) and Mel Marvin (Composer)  Photo

Vadim Feichtner (Music Director) and Mel Marvin (Composer)

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Date:
09/22/2014


Mel Marvin (composer)

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Date:
11/12/2007


Mel Marvin and Jack O'Brien

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Date:
11/12/2007


Jack O'Brien, Patrick Page and Mel Marvin

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Date:
11/12/2007

 

Stage

Performances
  [Off-Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Off-Broadway Production, 1981
Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1980
Piano

Productions

[Broadway, 2007]
Composer

[Broadway, 1999]
Music Arranger

Musical/Vocal Arrangements

[Broadway, 1994]
Composer

[Broadway, 1980]
Vocal Music Arranger

Pianist

Music Arranger

Conductor

Music Arrangements

[Off-Broadway, 1980]
Music Arrangements

Musical Director

[Broadway, 1975]
Composer

[West End, 1972]
Dance/Incidental Arrangements

[Broadway, 1972]
Composer

Dance Music Arranger

Musical Supervisor

Vocal Music Arranger

[Broadway, 1970]
Dance Music Arranger

Dance/Incidental Music

Writing
Composer
Conceiver
Composer
Composer
Composer/Lyricist
Conceiver
Bookwriter

Mel Marvin Biography

Mel's long career as a composer includes scores for 30 musicals, 47 plays, and 3 operas. His musical Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas returned in 2019 for its yearly national tour, with two companies playing 11 cities in the U.S. and the U.K. Canceled for 2020 by the pandemic, The Grinch, which appeared on Broadway during the 2006 and 2007 seasons, was last seen in New York for a month-long run at Madison Square Garden Theater in 2018. It has also been running for 21 consecutive sold-out seasons at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. Mel received two Tony nominations as a co-author of Tintypes and wrote the music for the Broadway productions of Yentl and Chris Durang’s A History of the American Film. He has had 11 shows produced Off-Broadway, including The Portable Pioneer and Prairie Show, (originally commissioned by the Guthrie Theater) at The Melting Pot, Sybille Pearson's True History and Real Adventures at The Vineyard, Marvin’s Garden and Prizewinning Plays at MTC, Chris Durang’s Das Lusitania Songspiel, Polly, The Prince of Homburg and Lincoln at Chelsea Theatre Center, etc. He has served as composer or director of scores of productions in most of America’s major regional theatres, including Lincoln Center Theater (Cymbeline in 2007), Arena Stage, The Guthrie Theater (where he most recently wrote a new incidental score for Hamlet), ART, La Jolla Playhouse and L.A.’s Mark Taper Forum (where he was an associate artist and wrote the original music for the world premiere production of both parts of Angels in America, directed by Oskar Eustis.) His work as a director includes both classical and contemporary plays, as well as a focus on new opera, including Different Fields, by Mike Reid and Sarah Schlesinger developed for the Metropolitan Opera Guild. Other work includes Great Expectations, written with author John Jakes, produced by Goodspeed Musicals, Gold with Timothy Mason, commissioned and produced by England’s National Theatre. Two operas. Guest from the Future, with libretto by Jonathan Levi, premiered at Bard Summerscape Festival in August, 2004; and Buwalsky, A Road Opera, commissioned by Holland’s Opera Spanga, premiered in The Netherlands then toured in the U.S. the same year, including performances at NYU's Skirball Center. His musical, Eden, received a developmental workshop at the Eugene O'Neill Musical Theater Conference in July, 2010, and was seen in concert at Joe's Pub in 2011. Joan of Arc, a music/theatre work written with Laura Harrington, received a new production by Nautilus Chamber Theatre in the Fall of 2011 and was revived in 2012. His current work: Truth and Reconciliation, an opera for baritone and 4 musicians, was developed at the O’Neill Theater Center and was produced at Opera America in January of 2020. Perfect 36, planned for Nashville and a tour in 2020, was canceled by the pandemic. Instead, music videos of the songs have been used in the National Convention of the League of Women Voters and by committees and chapters of that organization to promote GOTV in November. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of Theatre Communications Group, as well as the recipient of grants and awards, including three from the National Endowment for the Arts, and he has been a member of many grants panels. He began at the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program as a guest mentor in l989, became an adjunct composer and director in 1991, joined the full-time faculty in 1995, became Head Faculty Composer in 1998, Associate Arts Professor in 2004, and Arts Professor in 2014. In 2012, Mel received Tisch's David Payne Carter Award for Teaching Excellence.

Mel Marvin Awards and Nominations

 
Helen Hayes Awards - 1989 - Outstanding New Play
Mel MarvinElmer Gantry

Mel Marvin News

Bay Area Premiere of TO MASTER THE ART & More Announced for Contra Costa Civic Theatr Photo Bay Area Premiere of TO MASTER THE ART & More Announced for Contra Costa Civic Theatre 2022-23 Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 10, 2022

Contra Costa Civic Theatre today announced its 63rd Main Stage season, which includes a reimagined classic musical, the Bay Area premiere about a cultural icon, a quirky comedy from the writer/producer of the Hulu hit series “Only Murders in this Building,” and a unique look at America’s melting pot at the end of the 19th century.

AN AMERICAN TAIL Musical by Itamar Moses to Have World Premiere at Children's Theatre Photo AN AMERICAN TAIL Musical by Itamar Moses to Have World Premiere at Children's Theatre Company
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 19, 2022

Children’s Theatre Company announced their 2022 – 2023 Season featuring the world premiere of An American Tail the Musical written by Tony Award-winning playwright Itamar Moses with music and lyrics by Michael Mahler and Alan Schmuckler, based on the hit award-winning animated film by Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment.

BWW Review: DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS THE MUSICAL at Fox Theater Photo BWW Review: DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS THE MUSICAL at Fox Theater
by Jennifer Skura Boutell - Dec 17, 2021

DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS THE MUSICAL played to a delighted Atlanta audience for ten performances at the Fox Theatre earlier this month as part of the Broadway in Atlanta's 40th Anniversary Season. The New York Times describes the show as “100 times better than any bedtime story,” and has been enchanting adults and children alike. “We’re greatly optimistic about the return of Broadway to the city of Atlanta and thrilled to share the news that shows previously announced for the 40th Anniversary season will remain available to patrons under a revised schedule,” said Vice President of Broadway in Atlanta Russ Belin. And for that, Atlanta thanks you.

Broadway In Atlanta Offers College Student Rush Tickets For DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH Photo Broadway In Atlanta Offers College Student Rush Tickets For DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! At The Fox Theatre
by A.A. Cristi - Dec 2, 2021

Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta will offer a special $30 College Student Rush Ticket for the Atlanta engagement of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical, playing the Fox Theatre Dec. 7-12 as part of the 40th anniversary season.

Student Blog: Four Musicals to Get You in the Christmas Spirit Photo Student Blog: Four Musicals to Get You in the Christmas Spirit
by Student Blogger: Erica Lambert - Nov 30, 2021

It's that time of the year to start getting in the holiday spirit! The easiest way for me to get in the holiday spirit is through music. Here are four musicals (and some honorable mentions) for you to listen to to get yourself in the holiday spirit!

Andrew Polec to Star as The Grinch in DR. SEUSS'S HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! at  Photo Andrew Polec to Star as The Grinch in DR. SEUSS'S HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! at The Old Globe; Full Cast Announced
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 27, 2021

The Old Globe announced today its full cast and creative team for the live, in-person return of Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The cast will be led by Andrew Polec as The Grinch. Polec returns to The Old Globe after his performance as Berger in the 2021 summer hit production of Hair, The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical.

THE GRINCH Is Coming To Steal Christmas In Atlanta, December 7-12 Photo THE GRINCH Is Coming To Steal Christmas In Atlanta, December 7-12
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 4, 2021

Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta will present the Atlanta return engagement of Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical for ten performances at the Fox Theatre from Dec. 7 to Dec. 12 as part of the 40th Anniversary Season. This classic holiday musical will enchant adults and children alike.

Original Cast of APPLAUSE Will Reunite on Backstage Babble Photo Original Cast of APPLAUSE Will Reunite on Backstage Babble
by Team BWW - Sep 20, 2021

What is it that we’re living for? On Wednesday, September 22nd, the answer will be the reunion of the hit 1970 musical Applause, produced by Backstage Babble and streaming on YouTube starting at 8:00 PM EDT.

Single Tickets Now On Sale For Dr. Seuss' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! The Musical Photo Single Tickets Now On Sale For Dr. Seuss' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! The Musical at DC's National Theatre
by Stephi Wild - Jul 23, 2021

DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! THE MUSICAL features the hit songs “You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas” (written by Albert Hague and Dr. Seuss) from the original animated series. Max the Dog narrates as the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is “two sizes too small,” decides to steal Christmas away from the Holiday loving Whos.

The Old Globe to Resume Live Performances With THE GRINCH & EBENEZER SCROOGE'S BIG SA Photo The Old Globe to Resume Live Performances With THE GRINCH & EBENEZER SCROOGE'S BIG SAN DIEGO CHRISTMAS SHOW
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 14, 2021

The Old Globe announced today it will resume live and in-person holiday programming this year with the Globe’s productions of the 24th annual Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! and the return of the Dickens mash-up and music-filled comedy Ebenezer Scrooge’s BIG San Diego Christmas Show.

Mel Marvin Videos

Broadway Rewind: Welcome Christmas with DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! VideoBroadway Rewind: Welcome Christmas with DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Dec 24, 2020

Today we rewind to 2018, when Gavin Lee was stepping into the role of the Grinch on its 2018 tour, where it played the Theater at Madison Square Garden, Chicago Theatre, and more.

A Christmas #TBT With The 2007 Opening Night of THE GRINCH WHO STOLE CHRISTMAS VideoA Christmas #TBT With The 2007 Opening Night of THE GRINCH WHO STOLE CHRISTMAS
by Jeffrey Vizcaino - Dec 20, 2018

Christmas is almost here so we decided to spread some Christmas cheer with this week's #TBT! So once again our social media manager dove into the BroadwayWorld archives and found the Opening Night video of Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! - The Musical from 2007! Watch the video below as a Patrick Page talks about starring as the famous Christmas grump and [Title of Show]'s Hunter Bell, who made his Broadway debut in the production! Enjoy the throwback video below!

BWW TV: Gavin Lee Gets Grinch-ified For HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! VideoBWW TV: Gavin Lee Gets Grinch-ified For HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Dec 17, 2018

Two-time Tony Award®-nominated Broadway actor Gavin Lee steals Christmas this season in the title role of the Grinch in Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical. This limited holiday engagement runs at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden through December 30, 2018. See a time lapse video of Gavin getting Grinch-ified below!

BWW TV: Watch Highlights of Gavin Lee in HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! VideoBWW TV: Watch Highlights of Gavin Lee in HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Dec 14, 2018

Two-time Tony Award®-nominated Broadway actor Gavin Lee steals Christmas this season in the title role of the Grinch in Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical. This limited holiday engagement runs at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden through December 30, 2018.

VIDEO: First Look at HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS? at the Old Globe VideoVIDEO: First Look at HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS? at the Old Globe
by Stage Tube - Nov 20, 2018

The Old Globe today presents the Globe's 21st annual production of Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas!The holiday musical will run November 3 - December 29 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Previews run November 3 - November 7. Opening night is Thursday, November 8 at 7:00 p.m. The Grinch isdirected by James Vasquez, with book and lyrics by Timothy Mason and music by Mel Marvin. The original production of Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas! was conceived and directed by Jack O'Brien with additional lyrics by Theodor S. Geisel, additional music by Albert Hague, and original choreography by John DeLuca.

VIDEO: HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS at The Old Globe - How the Grinch Does His Make VideoVIDEO: HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS at The Old Globe - How the Grinch Does His Makeup
by Stage Tube - Nov 30, 2017

HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS runs at the Old Globe Theatre through December 24. It has a book and lyrics by Timothy Mason, and music by Mel Marvin.

VIDEO: ABC Goes Behind-the-Scenes of HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS Musical
by Caryn Robbins - Dec 20, 2016

Today, ABC News' Stephanie Ramos gave viewers  a behind scenes look at Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas The Musical, now making its Washington area premiere at the National Theatre from December 13 - 31, 2016.

BWW TV: Watch Highlights from Signature Theatre's ELMER GANTRY
by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 24, 2014

ELMER GANTRY is a musical version of Sinclair Lewis' best-selling novel, directed by Signature's Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer (Broadway's Follies, Million Dollar Quartet). Schaeffer collaborated on the last production of Elmer Gantry at Marriott's Lincolnshire Theatre in Chicago with authors John Bishop (book), Mel Marvin (music) and Bob Satuloff (lyrics) in 1998; the show has not been produced since then. Signature Theatre's presentation will be the 5th production in the show's history. Running in the MAX Theatre now through November 9, Signature's production includes several brand new songs by Mel Marvin and Bob Satuloff and a reimagined script that John Bishop worked on until his death in 2006. BroadwayWorld brings you highlights from the production below!

STAGE TUBE: Signature Unveils ELMER GANTRY Music Videos - 'On The Road' and 'Between Trains'
by Stage Tube - Oct 1, 2014

Signature Theatre just released two ELMER GANTRY music videos: Elmer Gantry grows Sister Sharon's ministry into the hottest show on the road by adding the gospel voices of the Washington family, whose matriarch Mary (Nova Y. Payton, HAIRSPRAY, DREAMGIRLS) leads the choir in the praise-worthy 'On the Road', and Elmer Gantry (Charlie Pollock, Broadway's VIOLET) finds himself at a crossroads, ready to take on the next adventure, but only the Lord knows where he'll end up next - Sharon Falconer's tent revival - in 'Between Trains.' Check out both videos below!

STAGE TUBE: THE GRINCH Channels 'Gangnam Style' with 'Who-Gam Style!' Spoof
by Stage Tube - Dec 30, 2012

The 2012 company of the Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas North American Tour performed its own version of 'Gangnam Style' called 'Who-gam Style!' Check it out below!


Mel Marvin Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has Mel Marvin written?
Mel Marvin has written 6 shows including Polly (Composer/Lyricist), A History of the American Film (Composer), Tintypes (Conceiver), Constance and the Musician (Composer), The Gershwins' Fascinating Rhythm (Conceiver), Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Composer).

What awards has Mel Marvin been nominated for?
Outstanding New Play (Helen Hayes Awards) for Elmer Gantry .