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Nell Benjamin

 
Bio:
Nell Benjamin is a lyricist, writer, and composer noted for her work in musical theatre. With her husband and frequent collaborator Laurence O'Keefe, she won the Laurence Olivier Award for writing Legally Blonde in 2011. And in 2007, she was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Original Score for ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Nell Benjamin is a lyricist, writer, and composer noted for her work in musical theatre. With her husband and frequent collaborator Laurence O'Keefe, she won the Laurence Olivier Award for writing Legally Blonde in 2011. And in 2007, she was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Original Score for ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

Productions

 
[US Tour, 2021]
Lyricist
 
[East Haddam, CT (Regional), 2019]
Bookwriter
Lyricist
 
[Washington, DC (Regional), 2018]
Book Writer
Lyricist
 
[Milburn, NJ (Regional), 2007]
Concept
Book/Lyrics
 
[Broadway, 2007]
Music and Lyrics
 
[East Haddam, CT (Regional), 2006]
Concept
Book/Lyrics

Writing

Lyricist
Lyricist
Playwright
Lyrics
Lyrics
Lyricist
Bookwriter
Lyricist
Bookwriter/Lyricist
Bookwriter
Composer
Lyricist
Composer
Lyricist
Lyricist

Photos

Nell Benjamin and Larry O’Keefe Photo

Nell Benjamin and Larry O’Keefe

From: 
Date:
10/25/2021
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: Nell Benjamin poses at the opening night of the new musica Photo

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: Nell Benjamin poses at the opening night of the new musical based on the film "The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical" on Broadway at The Longacre Theatre on October 16, 2019 in New York City (Photo by Bruce Glikas/WireImage)

From: 
Date:
10/17/2019
MEAN GIRLS Creative Team, including Tina Fey, Casey Nicholaw, Jeff Richmond, and Nell Photo

MEAN GIRLS Creative Team, including Tina Fey, Casey Nicholaw, Jeff Richmond, and Nell Benjamin

From: 
Date:
04/09/2019
Nell Benjamin Photo

Nell Benjamin

From: 
Date:
01/31/2019

 

Stage

Productions

[US Tour, 2021]
Lyricist

[East Haddam, CT (Regional), 2019]
Bookwriter

Lyricist

[Washington, DC (Regional), 2018]
Book Writer

Lyricist

[Milburn, NJ (Regional), 2007]
Concept

Book/Lyrics

[Broadway, 2007]
Music and Lyrics

[East Haddam, CT (Regional), 2006]
Concept

Book/Lyrics

Writing
Lyricist
Lyricist
Playwright
Lyrics
Lyrics
Lyricist
Bookwriter
Lyricist
Bookwriter/Lyricist
Bookwriter
Composer
Lyricist
Composer
Lyricist
Lyricist

Nell Benjamin Biography

Nell Benjamin is a lyricist, writer, and composer noted for her work in musical theatre. With her husband and frequent collaborator Laurence O'Keefe, she won the Laurence Olivier Award for writing Legally Blonde in 2011. And in 2007, she was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Original Score for Legally Blonde, and then again in 2018 for her lyrics for Mean Girls.

Nell Benjamin Awards and Nominations

 
Drama Desk Awards - 2018 - Outstanding Lyrics
Nell Benjamin, Mean Girls
 
Tony Awards - 2018 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Nell Benjamin, Mean Girls
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2014 - Outstanding Play
Nell Benjamin, The Explorers Club
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2007 - Outstanding Lyrics
Nell Benjamin, Legally Blonde
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2007 - Outstanding Music
Nell Benjamin, Legally Blonde
 
Tony Awards - 2007 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Nell Benjamin, Legally Blonde The Musical
 
- 2003 - Most promising musical theatre lyricist Gold Star
Nell Benjamin

Nell Benjamin News

Review Roundup: LEGALLY BLONDE at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre Photo Review Roundup: LEGALLY BLONDE at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
by Review Roundups - May 25, 2022

Omigod you guys, meet fashion merchandising major Elle Woods and her college sweetheart Warner Huntington III. Popular, stylish, they have the perfect relationship.

BWW Review: LEGALLY BLONDE, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre Photo BWW Review: LEGALLY BLONDE, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
by Cindy Marcolina - May 25, 2022

When Legally Blonde came out in 2001, its main character Elle Woods became an instant icon. Witty comebacks in hot pink stilettos, she tore down stereotypes and validated blondes across the world. She probably also inspired generations to pursue a law degree and not be intimidated to hide the multi-faceted human beings they can be.

Photos: First Look at Courtney Bowman & More in LEGALLY BLONDE at Regent's Park Open  Photo Photos: First Look at Courtney Bowman & More in LEGALLY BLONDE at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 24, 2022

Omigod you guys, meet fashion merchandising major Elle Woods (Courtney Bowman) and her college sweetheart Warner Huntington III (Alistair Toovey). Popular, stylish, they have the perfect relationship. That is until Warner heads to Harvard Law School and decides that he needs a more 'serious' kind of girlfriend.

BWW Review: MEAN GIRLS at Saenger Theatre Photo BWW Review: MEAN GIRLS at Saenger Theatre
by Tara Bennett - May 20, 2022

It’s time to bust out your favorite pink clothes and sharpen your claws as the Broadway sensation MEAN GIRLS plays at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans this week.

BWW Interview: Adante Carter of MEAN GIRLS, the Hilarious Broadway Musical Coming to  Photo BWW Interview: Adante Carter of MEAN GIRLS, the Hilarious Broadway Musical Coming to The Peace Center May 24-29
by Neil Shurley - May 18, 2022

‚ÄúWear pink to the theatre!‚ÄĚ

American Premiere of GOLDEN SHIELD Opens Tonight at Manhattan Theatre Club Photo American Premiere of GOLDEN SHIELD Opens Tonight at Manhattan Theatre Club
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 17, 2022

Manhattan Theatre Club‚Äôs American premiere of¬†Golden Shield, written by¬†Anchuli¬†Felicia King¬†(White Pearl) and directed by¬†May Adrales¬†(Vietgone¬†at MTC), opens tonight at New York City Center ‚Äď Stage I (131 West 55th¬†Street).

BWW Review: LEGALLY BLONDE at Titusville Playhouse Photo BWW Review: LEGALLY BLONDE at Titusville Playhouse
by Joseph Harrison - May 8, 2022

There are some musicals that just make you smile and can do so regardless of how many times you have seen in them. For me, one of those shows is (and will always be) LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL. Now, some might turn their noses up at a musical based on a film, and others may scoff at the lighter subject matter, but what LEGALLY BLONDE does so well is share a story of female empowerment in a shiny, pink wrapper. And in its production of this fun and uplifting musical, Titusville Playhouse delivers a fresh, energetic and thoroughly entertaining take on the story of Miss Elle Woods and her journey of self-discovery.

BWW Review: Broadway's MEAN GIRLS Makes Nice at Music Hall at Fair Park Photo BWW Review: Broadway's MEAN GIRLS Makes Nice at Music Hall at Fair Park
by Emily Short - May 6, 2022

Welcome to Girl World, also known as Music Hall at Fair Park. Broadway's Mean Girls brings you a story of friendship, insecurity, curiosity, and acceptance. Don't miss out, and don't forget to wear PINK! Music Hall at Fair Park May 3-15. It’s going to be so FETCH!

BWW Interview: English Bernhardt Talks MEAN GIRLS National Tour Photo BWW Interview: English Bernhardt Talks MEAN GIRLS National Tour
by Emily Short - May 2, 2022

Look out Dallas, there's a new Cady Heron in town, and she's even more 'grool' than you could imagine. English Bernhardt is coming in hot with a performance full of personality, popularity, and PINK. Don't miss out on Broadway's MEAN GIRLS National Tour. Music Hall at Fair Park May 3-15.

English Bernhardt and More Take Over Lead Roles in MEAN GIRLS on Tour Photo English Bernhardt and More Take Over Lead Roles in MEAN GIRLS on Tour
by Stephi Wild - May 2, 2022

Leading the tour as Cady Heron will be current Standby for the role, English Bernhardt, current ensemble member, Morgan Ashley Bryant as Karen Smith, Jasmine Rogers as Gretchen Wieners, Lindsay Heather Pearce as Janis Sarkisian, and Adriana Scalice as Standby for Cady, Regina, and Janis. 

Nell Benjamin Videos

VIDEO: Watch the Cast of BECAUSE OF WINN DIXIE Reunite to Sing 'What I Got' VideoVIDEO: Watch the Cast of BECAUSE OF WINN DIXIE Reunite to Sing 'What I Got'
by Stage Tube - Jun 10, 2020

The cast of Because of Winn Dixie reunites to perform 'What I Got' over Zoom.

VIDEO: MEAN GIRLS On Broadway's Plastics Perform 'Jingle Bell Rock' At The Rockefelle VideoVIDEO: MEAN GIRLS On Broadway's Plastics Perform 'Jingle Bell Rock' At The Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting
by Stage Tube - Dec 4, 2019

The Broadway cast of Mean Girls performed a rendition of the classic holiday song, 'Jingle Bell Rock' on NBC's broadcast of the '87th Annual Christmas in Rockefeller Center' this evening. 

SOUNDS OF THE CITY Announces 2020 Season VideoSOUNDS OF THE CITY Announces 2020 Season
by A.A. Cristi - Dec 2, 2019

Sounds of the City has announced its lineup of artists for the 2020 season.

VIDEO: MEAN GIRLS Performs for the CBS Thanksgiving Day Parade VideoVIDEO: MEAN GIRLS Performs for the CBS Thanksgiving Day Parade
by Stage Tube - Nov 28, 2019

Erika Henningsen, Barrett Wilbert Weed, Grey Henson and the company of Mean Girls perform a?oeWhere Do You Belong?a?? from the August Wilson Theatre for the CBS Thanksgiving Day Parade. Watch below!

VIDEO: Get in the Halloween Spirit with 'Sexy' from MEAN GIRLS VideoVIDEO: Get in the Halloween Spirit with 'Sexy' from MEAN GIRLS
by Stage Tube - Oct 31, 2019

What better way to celebrate Halloween than with a very sexy Halloween tribute from Mean Girls? Watch below as Kate Rockwell (Karen) and Krystina Alabado (Gretchen) perform 'Sexy.'

VIDEO: MEAN GIRLS' Reneé Rapp Performs in New 'World Burn' Music Video VideoVIDEO: MEAN GIRLS' Reneé Rapp Performs in New 'World Burn' Music Video
by Stage Tube - Oct 4, 2019

Her name is Reneé Rapp, and she is a massive deal. The newest queen bee of Broadway's Mean Girls is starring in the show's new official music video for the song 'World Burn.' Head to North Shore High by checking out the video!

#TBT: Celebrate MEAN GIRLS Day With A Look Back at Opening Night! Video#TBT: Celebrate MEAN GIRLS Day With A Look Back at Opening Night!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 3, 2019

Today is a massive deal: it's October 3rd, aka Mean Girls Day! To celebrate the grool holiday, we're heading to North Shore High to look back at opening night of Mean Girls at Broadway's August Wilson Theatre. Check out the video to see Erika Henningsen, Taylor Louderman, and more do this thing!

BWW TV: Get to Know the Cast of MEAN GIRLS on Tour! (They're Like So Fetch) VideoBWW TV: Get to Know the Cast of MEAN GIRLS on Tour! (They're Like So Fetch)
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 29, 2019

Okay we know fetch is never going to happen but the Mean Girls tour is! We stopped by rehearsals to chat with the cast as they head into the high school jungle.

BWW TV: Get A First Look At A New Version of 'Fearless' From The MEAN GIRLS Tour VideoBWW TV: Get A First Look At A New Version of 'Fearless' From The MEAN GIRLS Tour
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 29, 2019

Mean Girls is getting ready to launch their First National Tour September 21 in Buffalo, NY. We've got a sneak peek into the rehearsal room with the mega-talented team!

Full Cast Announced For MEAN GIRLS on Tour VideoFull Cast Announced For MEAN GIRLS on Tour
by Alan Henry - Aug 15, 2019

Mean Girls, the record-breaking new musical comedy produced by Lorne Michaels, Stuart Thompson, Sonia Friedman, and Paramount Pictures based on the hit film, is pleased to announce full casting for the First National Tour. The Mean Girls National Tour launches on September 21 in Buffalo, NY. Click here for the full tour route.


Nell Benjamin Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has Nell Benjamin written?
Nell Benjamin has written 9 shows including Half Time (Lyrics), Sarah, Plain and Tall (Lyricist), Sarah, Plain and Tall (Lyricist), Cam Jansen (Bookwriter/Lyricist), Legally Blonde (Composer), The Explorers Club (Playwright), Gotta Dance (Lyrics), Mean Girls (Lyricist), Because of Winn Dixie (Bookwriter).

What awards has Nell Benjamin been nominated for?
Outstanding Lyrics (Drama Desk Awards) for Mean Girls , Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (Tony Awards) for Mean Girls , Outstanding Play (Drama Desk Awards) for The Explorers Club , Outstanding Lyrics (Drama Desk Awards) for Legally Blonde , Outstanding Music (Drama Desk Awards) for Legally Blonde Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (Tony Awards) for Legally Blonde The Musical and Most promising musical theatre lyricist () for .

What awards has Nell Benjamin won?
Most promising musical theatre lyricist () for .