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Michael Korie wrote the lyrics to composer Scott Frankel's music for Grey Gardens, Far From Heaven, Doll, Happiness, Meet Mister Future, and War Paint. Their scores have been nominated for Tony and Drama Desk Awards, received The Outer Critics Circle Award, and have been produced on and off Broadway, nationally and in Europe. The recent London production of Grey Gardens was awarded the 2017 Off-West End "Offies" Best Musical of the Year. Korie's librettos to operas composed by Stewart Wallace include Harvey Milk, Hopper's Wife, Where's Dick? and Kabbalah. He adapted Steinbeck’s novel for the libretto to The Grapes of Wrath composed by Ricky Ian Gordon. His operas have been produced at San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Minnesota Opera, New York City Opera, BAM Next Wave Festival, Carnegie Hall, and Disney Los Angeles Symphony Hall. Korie collaborated with co-lyricist Amy Powers on the lyrics to the musical Doctor Zhivago composed by Lucy Simon, produced in Europe, Australia, Asia, Scandinavia, and on Broadway in 2015. Korie has collaborated with playwrights Doug Wright, Richard Greenberg, Michael Weller, John Weidman, and directors Michael Greif, Des McAnuff, Christopher Alden, Susan Stroman, and Richard Foreman. His lyrics have received the Edward Kleban Prize, Jonathan Larson Award, and the ASCAP Richard Rodgers Award. He is the recipient of this year's Marc Blitzstein Award given by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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Michael Korie Awards and Nominations

Tony Awards - 2022 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

Michael KorieFlying Over Sunset

Tony Awards - 2022 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

Michael KorieFlying Over Sunset

Drama Desk Awards - 2017 - Outstanding Lyrics

Michael Korie, War Paint

Drama Desk Awards - 2014 - Outstanding Lyrics

Michael Korie, Far from Heaven

Tony Awards - 2007 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

Michael Korie, Grey Gardens

- 1997 - Most promising musical theatre lyricist

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Interview: Backstage Babble's Charles Kirsch Is Celebrating Flops at 54 Below

Charles Kirsch's podcast, Backstage Babble, gives a behind the scenes look at Broadway shows and the theater industry. On Monday April 29th at 7 pm, Kirsch will be hosting a special event at 54 Below paying tribute to 14 shows on the iconic “flop wall” at Joe Allen Restaurant with shows including Merrily We Roll Along, Nick and Nora, and Kelly.

J. Smith-Cameron & Joe Morton Join MasterVoices' THE GRAPES OF WRATH At Carnegie Hall

Join actors J. Smith-Cameron and Joe Morton as they narrate MasterVoices' performance of THE GRAPES OF WRATH at Carnegie Hall on April 17. Don't miss this unique theatrical experience.

J. Smith-Cameron & Joe Morton to Narrate MasterVoices' THE GRAPES OF WRATH

Emmy-nominee (Succession) J. Smith-Cameron and Emmy Award-winner (Scandal) Joe Morton will co-narrateMasterVoices’ revised concert version of The Grapes of Wrath. Learn how to purchase tickets.


54 BELOW will present a special edition of Backstage Babble Live celebrating the iconic wall of Broadway flop posters at Joe Allen Restaurant. Learn how to purchase tickets.

Aisha Jackson, LaChanze & More to Take Part in 2024 TCG Gala: OUR STORIES

Theatre Communications Group has revealed the performers for the 2024 TCG Gala: Our Stories, which will be held on Monday, March 11, 2024, at The Edison Ballroom. See who is taking part and learn how to purchase tickets.

Nathan Gunn, Bryonha Marie & More to Star in THE GRAPES OF WRATH at Carnegie Hall

MasterVoices will close its 2023-24 season on April 17 at Carnegie Hall with a revised concert version of The Grapes of Wrath by composer Ricky Ian Gordon and librettist Michael Korie based on the epic novel of the same name by Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck.

Dramatists Guild Foundation to Present Work by 2022-23 Class of Musical Theater Writing Fellows

The Dramatists Guild Foundation will present selections of work by the 2022-2023 Class of Musical Theater Writing Fellows on Monday, March 25, at Playwrights Horizons. Learn more about the Fellows here!

Manhattan Theatre Club Announces Lineup For 2024 Ted Snowdon Reading Series

Manhattan Theatre Club has announced the lineup for the 2024 Ted Snowdon Reading Series.

Patti LuPone & More to Perform at Mayo Performing Arts Center in March

Mayo Performing Arts Center has unveiled its March lineup featuring Patti LuPone and more. See who is performing and learn how to purchase tickets!

Dominick Balletta Leaves National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene to Form New Producing and Management Entity, High Hard Heat

Dominick Balletta, who has served as Executive Director of National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene for over four years, will depart that position on February 4, 2024, to establish High Hard Heat, a company where he will focus on producing and managing projects in live performance and film.

PACIFIC OVERTURES, World Premieres & More Set for East West Players 2024 Season

East West Players has unveiled its the 2024 Season. See full programming and lear how to purchase tickets!

Danny Burstein, Andrea Martin & More to Join 34th Annual Kleban Prize for Musical Theatre Ceremony

The Kleban Foundation will present the 34th annual Kleban Prize for Musical Theatre on Monday, February 5 at 4PM in a private ceremony (by invitation only) hosted by ASCAP and BMI at New World Stages.

How Often Are Musicals Based on Documentaries?

This time, the reader question was: Is How To Dance in Ohio the only musical based on a documentary?

Photos: First Look at Big Noise Theatre's GREY GARDENS, Now Playing Through Late January

Check out photos of Big Noise Theatre's Grey Gardens! Learn how to purchase tickets!

Rona Siddiqui and Lisa Loomer Receive 2024 Kleban Prize for Musical Theatre

The Kleban Foundation has announced the recipients of the 34th annual Kleban Prize for Musical Theatre. The 2024 Kleban Prize for the most promising musical theatre lyricist has been awarded to Rona Siddiqui. The 2024 Kleban Prize for the most promising musical theatre librettist has been awarded to  Lisa Loomer.

GREY GARDENS to Open at Big Noise Theatre Next Week

Big Noise Theatre is opening their 2024 season with GREY GARDENS: THE MUSICAL (book by Doug Wright, music by Scott Frankel, and lyrics by Michael Korie) next week in Des Plaines, IL., right outside of Chicago. Get all the production information here!

Exclusive: Oh My Pod U Guys- Scott Frankel Writes For The Dames

I'm joined by the incredible Bway composer and conductor, Scott Frankel, to chat about his incredible works. Scott shares about his process as a composer, as well as his collaborations with other artists like Michael Korie. From being nominated for a Tony Award for his incredible score of Grey Gardens, to writing War Paint for such heavy-hitters as Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole, Scott has truly put his stamp on the world of Musical Theater writing.

David Rockwell, Brian Anthony Moreland & More to be Honored at Theatre Communications Group Gala

Theatre Communications Group's 2024 TCG Gala: Our Stories will honor ​architect and designer David Rockwell, Broadway producer Brian Anthony Moreland, director Schele Williams, and The Shubert Foundation.

Orchestra of St. Luke's Winter/Spring 2023-24 Features Performances On All Three Carnegie Stages

OSL's winter/spring season at Carnegie Hall will feature performances on three stages, music by BIPOC composers, and more.

Photos: On the Red Carpet for Classic Stage Company's 2023 Gala, Honoring Sarah L. Douglas and John Weidman

Just last night, Classic Stage Company celebrated its 2023 Gala, honoring theatrical agent Sarah L. Douglas of SLD Associates and John Weidman. BroadwayWorld was there for the big night and you can check out photos from the red carpet arrivals here!


How many shows has Michael Korie written?

Michael Korie has written 7 shows including Zhivago (Lyricist), Grey Gardens (Lyricist), Happiness (Lyricist), Far From Heaven (Lyricist), Doctor Zhivago (Lyrics), War Paint (Lyrics), Flying Over Sunset (Lyrics).

What awards has Michael Korie been nominated for?

Michael Korie has been nominated for several prestigious awards in the Broadway world. These include Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre at the Tony Awards for "Flying Over Sunset" and "Grey Gardens." He has also received nominations for Outstanding Lyrics at the Drama Desk Awards for "War Paint" and "Far from Heaven." Additionally, Korie was recognized as the Most Promising Musical Theatre Lyricist.

What awards has Michael Korie won?

Michael Korie has won the Kleban Award for Most Promising Musical Theatre Lyricist.

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