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Michael Colby

 
Bio:
MICHAEL COLBY is the librettist/lyricist of such musicals as CHARLOTTE SWEET (Drama Desk Award nomination), TALES OF TINSELTOWN, NORTH ATLANTIC (Show Business Award), SLAY IT WITH MUSIC (off-Broadway & London), MRS. McTHING, THEY CHOSE ME!, and LUDLOW LADD. He was chief writer for the Drama Desk ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
MICHAEL COLBY is the librettist/lyricist of such musicals as CHARLOTTE SWEET (Drama Desk Award nomination), TALES OF TINSELTOWN, NORTH ATLANTIC (Show Business Award), SLAY IT WITH MUSIC (off-Broadway & London), MRS. McTHING, THEY CHOSE ME!, and LUDLOW LADD. He was chief writer for the Drama Desk ... (read complete bio)
 

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Photos

Michael Colby, John C. Introcaso and Denis Jones Photo

Michael Colby, John C. Introcaso and Denis Jones

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Date:
10/17/2017
Michael Colby, Sylvia Steiner Photo

Michael Colby, Sylvia Steiner

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06/17/2015


Michael Colby, Anette Trettebergstuen, Stuart Milk and Thomas Krever

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11/11/2009
 
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Michael Colby Biography

MICHAEL COLBY is the librettist/lyricist of such musicals as CHARLOTTE SWEET (Drama Desk Award nomination), TALES OF TINSELTOWN, NORTH ATLANTIC (Show Business Award), SLAY IT WITH MUSIC (off-Broadway & London), MRS. McTHING, THEY CHOSE ME!, and LUDLOW LADD. He was chief writer for the Drama Desk Award-winning New Amsterdam Theatre Company, and has been a frequent writer for The NY Festival of Song as well as the Theatre By the Blind.

He wrote continuity for two benefits at the 92nd Street Y: STANDING OVATIONS (starring Carol Channing, Nell Carter, Elaine Stritch, Leslie Uggams, and other great ladies of the theatre) and THE LONGEST RUNNING SHOW ON BROADWAY (a tribute to Maurice Levine, hosted by Angela Lansbury). He also wrote STEPHEN SCHWARTZ: A MUSICAL CELEBRATION, a benefit for the Directors Company, starring Betty Buckley, Paul Shaffer, Kathy Najimi, et al.

He created special material for ANIMAL CRACKERS (PaperMill Playhouse/Goodspeed), lyrics for MEESTER AMERIKA (The Garage Theatre, NJ) and THE HUMAN HEART (at Marymount Manhattan College), and the narration for THE MAYOR MUSICALS, a benefit for Musicals In Concert hosted by Sheldon Harnick. Among the personalities for whom Mr. Colby has written material are: Linda Lavin, Tony Randall, Tovah Feldshuh, Paul Shaffer, Savion Glover, Dina Merrill, Susan Stroman, Michael Feinstein, Jack Gilford, Andrea Marcovicci, Kristin Chenoweth, Bruce Adler, Cliff Robertson, Lainie Kazan, Jane Powell, Eric Stoltz, Julie Wilson, Alison Fraser, Mary Cleere Haran, Stephanie Pope, Donna McKechnie, & Cicely Tyson.

Movie credits include writing the title song for the film HEART OF THE BEHOLDER.

A member of BMI and the Dramatists Guild, he lives in Metuchen, NJ with his wife Andrea and son Steven.

Michael Colby Awards and Nominations

 
Drama Desk Awards - 1983 - Outstanding Lyrics
Michael Colby, Charlotte Sweet

Michael Colby News

Maureen Taylor to Release 'Cosmic Connections: The Lyrics of Michael Colby' Photo Maureen Taylor to Release 'Cosmic Connections: The Lyrics of Michael Colby'
by Marissa Tomeo - Apr 5, 2022

Brainstorm Records announces the April 23rd release of Vocalist Maureen Taylor’s recording: Maureen Taylor: Cosmic Connections – The Lyrics of Michael Colby. The collaboration between Taylor and Colby will feature nineteen Colby songs. The album will be available for streaming and purchase on all the major music outlets (as well as a limited number of CDs for purchase at the release party).

Andrew Zachary Cohen to Make Feinstein's/54 Below Debut with DON'T ASK THE LADY Photo Andrew Zachary Cohen to Make Feinstein's/54 Below Debut with DON'T ASK THE LADY
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 18, 2022

FEINSTEIN’S/54 BELOW, Broadway’s Supper Club, will present Andrew Zachary Cohen in Don’t Ask the Lady on March 2nd at 9:45 PM.  While ushering at the New Am, his boss said that positioning him in the balcony was akin to putting the Mona Lisa in a warehouse. 

Urban Stages to Present WINTER RHYTHMS With Steve Ross, Richard Skipper & More Photo Urban Stages to Present WINTER RHYTHMS With Steve Ross, Richard Skipper & More
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 23, 2021

Urban Stages has announced its 13th annual awarding-winning cabaret series, Winter Rhythms, returning live to its 30th Street theater December 7th through December 19th and benefiting Urban Stages' Outreach, Arts in Education programs.

Ludlow Ladd In Concert Joins Urban Stages WINTER RHYTHMS Lineup Photo Ludlow Ladd In Concert Joins Urban Stages WINTER RHYTHMS Lineup
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 18, 2021

Tickets are now available for Gerald Jay Markoe and Michael Colby's comic Christmas tale, Ludlow Ladd in Concert, part of the Winter Rhythms series at Urban Stages.

MRS. MCTHING Will Hold Benefit Performances at TADA! Youth Theater This Month Photo MRS. MCTHING Will Hold Benefit Performances at TADA! Youth Theater This Month
by Stephi Wild - Oct 18, 2021

Jack Urbont and Michael Colby's bewitching musical Mrs. McThing, with a splendid cast of New York theater pros, is slated for two benefit performances at TADA! Youth Theater on Halloween, Sunday, October 31st at 2pm and 7pm. TADA! Youth Theater is located at 15 West 28th Street in Manhattan.

BWW Review: SALON Throws a Sweet Sixteen Party at Don't Tell Mama Photo BWW Review: SALON Throws a Sweet Sixteen Party at Don't Tell Mama
by Ricky Pope - Aug 23, 2021

Tonight, SALON performed for the first time after sixteen months off. Even the threat of a tropical storm outside didn’t deter a good number of people from celebrating its return. This evening’s theme was threefold: “Welcome Back!,” “Sweet Sixteen” in honor of Salon’s 16th anniversary, and “Bernstein at 103” to celebrates the 103rd birthday of the great Leonard Bernstein. Tonight’s co-host was the much-awarded cabaret artist, Julie Reyburn.

VIDEO: Lee Roy Reams, Lawrence Leritz and Carolyn Kirsch Join BACKSTAGE BABBLE TRIVIA Photo VIDEO: Lee Roy Reams, Lawrence Leritz and Carolyn Kirsch Join BACKSTAGE BABBLE TRIVIA
by Stephi Wild - Mar 21, 2021

Backstage Babble host Charles Kirsch joined forces with Dancers Over 40 to create a fun Trivia night to fundraise for DO40.

Virtual Theatre This Weekend: March 20-21- with Jackie Hoffman, Patti Murin and More! Photo Virtual Theatre This Weekend: March 20-21- with Jackie Hoffman, Patti Murin and More!
by Nicole Rosky - Mar 20, 2021

Broadway might be dark, but that doesn't mean that theatre isn't happening everywhere! Below, check out where you can get your daily fix of Broadway this weekend, March 20-21, 2021.

Lee Roy Reams, Lawrence Leritz and Carolyn Kirsch Join BACKSTAGE BABBLE TRIVIA Tomorr Photo Lee Roy Reams, Lawrence Leritz and Carolyn Kirsch Join BACKSTAGE BABBLE TRIVIA Tomorrow
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 19, 2021

Come and spend Saturday March 20th at 7pm EST with theater podcast Backstage Babble host Charles Kirsch when he joins forces with Dancers Over 40 to create a fun Trivia night to fundraise for DO40.

Backstage Babble Trivia Night Hosts D040 Benefit Photo Backstage Babble Trivia Night Hosts D040 Benefit
by Stephi Wild - Mar 8, 2021

Theater podcast Backstage Babble and host Charles Kirsch are joining forces to benefit Dancers Over 40, creating a night to remember. Come and test your knowledge and learn something new! The presenters are some of Broadway's best and on March 20th at 7PM EST, these Dancers Over 40 and Friends enter your very own living rooms.

Michael Colby Videos

BWW TV: Renee Katz Dives into Yeston's DECEMBER SONGS and More With WINTER AWAKENINGS VideoBWW TV: Renee Katz Dives into Yeston's DECEMBER SONGS and More With WINTER AWAKENINGS at Don't Tell Mama
by Eugene Ebner - Dec 12, 2018

Renee Katz's captivating WINTER AWAKENINGS, a celebration of Maury Yeston's song cycle DECEMBER SONGS (and more) is a touching and authentic addition to this holiday season. BWW chatted with Katz after her show to discuss the material and more!

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Chats with Michael Colby about Life with Theatrical Royalty at the Algonquin Hotel
by Behind the Curtain - Jul 9, 2017

Imagine growing up in a world where your neighbors were Tennessee Williams, The Marx Brothers, Alan Jay Lerner, Noel Coward, Arthur Miller, and scores of others. For Michael Colby, he did grow up in such a world because his grandparents owned New York's famous Algonquin Hotel. Now, Michael swings by Shetler to discuss with Rob and Kevin his enviable life as a real life Eloise of The Plaza.


Michael Colby Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has Michael Colby written?
Michael Colby has written 10 shows including Second Chance (Bookwriter/Lyricist), Lyres (Lyricist), North Atlantic (Bookwriter), Another Time (Bookwriter/Lyricist), Ludlow Ladd (Bookwriter/Lyricist), Charlotte Sweet (Bookwriter/Lyricist), Mrs. McThing (Bookwriter/Lyricist), Tales of Tinseltown (Bookwriter/Lyricist), Happy Haunting (Bookwriter/Lyricist), Delphi or Bust (Bookwriter/Lyricist).

What awards has Michael Colby been nominated for?
Outstanding Lyrics (Drama Desk Awards) for Charlotte Sweet .