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Richard Stilgoe

 
Bio:
Richard Stilgoe lives in Surrey (where he was born) and has five children and two grandchildren. He writes songs, runs the Orpheus Trust and is involved in music education – most recently the Stilgoe Family Concerts (Royal Festival Hall) and the National Foundation for Youth Music. He was brought ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Richard Stilgoe lives in Surrey (where he was born) and has five children and two grandchildren. He writes songs, runs the Orpheus Trust and is involved in music education – most recently the Stilgoe Family Concerts (Royal Festival Hall) and the National Foundation for Youth Music. He was brought ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

Productions

 
[Broadway, 1988] [Replacement]
Book and Additional Lyrics[Replacement]

Writing

Bookwriter/Composer/Lyricist
Lyricist
Lyricist
Bookwriter
Lyricist

 

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Productions

Book and Additional Lyrics[Replacement]

Writing
Bookwriter/Composer/Lyricist
Lyricist
Lyricist
Bookwriter
Lyricist

Richard Stilgoe Biography

Richard Stilgoe lives in Surrey (where he was born) and has five children and two grandchildren. He writes songs, runs the Orpheus Trust and is involved in music education – most recently the Stilgoe Family Concerts (Royal Festival Hall) and the National Foundation for Youth Music. He was brought up in Liverpool, and progressed through St Agnes Church Choir and the Cavern Club to the Cambridge Footlights. Singing his songs in pubs and clubs led to appearances on the Today programme in the 1960s, and thence to Nationwide and That’s Life, as well as several series of his own.

In the 1980s he was involved in the writing of Cats, Starlight Express and The Phantom of the Opera, which continue to play all over the world. Cats and Starlight Express were the longest and second-longest running shows in British theatre history. Schools perform his musicals Bodywork and Brilliant the Dinosaur and a new work, Exit Allan, was performed at the International Festival of Musicals at Cardiff in 2002. He has presented the Schools Proms since 1988, and passed his 200th appearance on Countdown.

In 1982, Richard and Peter Skellern appeared in the Royal Variety Performance. Standing star-struck in the wings watching Ethel Merman, they said, ‘We really ought to do something together’. Nothing happened until 1984, when the Lord’s Taverners brought them together for what has become an enduring part-time double act. They have toured the UK, Australia, Hong Kong, Gibraltar, Rome and Stockholm. The year 2000 saw the first of several farewell tours, and an appearance together at the Royal Variety Performance.

In 1998, Richard founded the Orpheus Centre, which provides opportunities for disabled people to take part in the performing arts. Its students now appear all over the country, including the Royal Opera House, the Notting Hill Carnival and the Glastonbury Festival.

He has two Tony nominations, three Monte Carlo Prizes, a Prix Italia, an Honorary Doctorate and an O.B.E. He was recently President of the Lord’s Taverners. His hobbies are architecture, demolition (he owns a Komatsu P.C.120 digger), cricket, sailing and his family, none of whom told him he was going to be the subject of This is Your Life in 2001.

Richard Stilgoe Awards and Nominations

 
New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 1988 - Best Musical
Richard Stilgoe, The Phantom of the Opera
 
Tony Awards - 1988 - Best Book of a Musical
Richard Stilgoe, The Phantom of the Opera
 
Tony Awards - 1988 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Richard Stilgoe, The Phantom of the Opera
 
Tony Awards - 1987 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Richard Stilgoe, Starlight Express
 
Olivier Awards - 1986 - Musical of the Year Gold Star
Richard Stilgoe, The Phantom Of The Opera
 
Olivier Awards - 1981 - Musical of the Year Gold Star
Richard Stilgoe, Cats

Richard Stilgoe News

BWW Review: A 'Practical CATS' Performance at Proctors Photo BWW Review: A 'Practical CATS' Performance at Proctors
by Kyle Christopher West - May 5, 2022

The ’80s delivered endless iconic pop culture trends like leg warmers, neon, Walkmans, Whitney, and Madonna. Broadway in the ’80s also saw a unique culture shift as British mega musicals like LES MISERABLES and THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA began to take over the American stage. First on the scene, though, was CATS, which uniquely married the worlds of theater, ballet, spandex, and synthesized music in 1982. And although CATS has purrhaps only grown more hair-raising with age (not to mention enhanced audience expectations), the song-and-dance spectacle continues to mesmerize and mystify audiences more than 40 years after its inception.

BWW Review: JOE STILGOE & THE BBC CONCERT ORCHESTRA, Barbican Centre Photo BWW Review: JOE STILGOE & THE BBC CONCERT ORCHESTRA, Barbican Centre
by Cindy Marcolina - May 3, 2022

Joe Stilgoe’s new album is an ode to theatre itself. After an overture worthy of the most exquisite Golden Age musical, the jazz wizard goes into a warm, rich love letter to show business.

Jordan Donica, Maree Johnson, and Kanisha Marie Feliciano Join THE PHANTOM OF THE OPE Photo Jordan Donica, Maree Johnson, and Kanisha Marie Feliciano Join THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
by Stephi Wild - Apr 25, 2022

Jordan Donica, who made his Broadway debut in PHANTOM playing 'Raoul,' will return to the role beginning Sunday, May 29 for a limited engagement.  Maree Johnson will return to the Broadway cast as 'Madame Giry' on Monday, May 16. The cast will welcome new Ensemble member Kanisha Marie Feliciano, making her PHANTOM debut on Monday, May 9.

Pop Opera Superstar Katherine Jenkins Debuts with Pacific Symphony Photo Pop Opera Superstar Katherine Jenkins Debuts with Pacific Symphony
by Stephi Wild - Jan 26, 2022

Welsh superstar Katherine Jenkins received her OBE (Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) from Prince Charles at The Queen’s residence Buckingham Palace in 2014 and in June of this year, she sings at The Queen’s much-loved country retreat Sandringham Estate to mark the monarch’s historic Platinum Jubilee.

Win a Copy of The Phantom of the Opera Graphic Novel! Photo Win a Copy of The Phantom of the Opera Graphic Novel!
by BWW Contests - Dec 7, 2021

We're giving one reader a chance to win a copy of the brand new graphic novel adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera, adapted by Cavan Scott with art by José María Beroy. Check out the giveaway, live now on our Instagram!

Photos: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Celebrates Reopening Night with DJ, Andrew Lloyd Web Photo Photos: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Celebrates Reopening Night with DJ, Andrew Lloyd Webber!
by Bruce Glikas - Oct 23, 2021

The Phantom of the Opera is officially back and Broadway is Broadway again! As a part of the celebration, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and producer Cameron Mackintosh took the stage for a special speech, and afterwards Webber took to the streets for a special DJ set in front of The Majestic. BroadwayWorld was there for the big night!

Photos: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Celebrates 35th Anniversary in the UK! Photo Photos: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Celebrates 35th Anniversary in the UK!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 12, 2021

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA celebrated its 35th Anniversary at Her Majesty’s Theatre on Monday 11 October with guests in attendance including Boy George, Max Whitlock, Dr. Ranj, The Vivienne, Melanie Blatt, Chris Moyles, Amy Hart, Jeremy Vine and Matt Richardson.

VIDEO: Check Out New Footage of Killian Donnelly, Lucy St. Louis & More in THE PHANTO Photo VIDEO: Check Out New Footage of Killian Donnelly, Lucy St. Louis & More in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 8, 2021

Ahead of the 35th Birthday of The Phantom of the Opera, new show footage has been released! THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA stars double Olivier Award nominee Killian Donnelly as ‘The Phantom’, Lucy St Louis as ‘Christine Daaé’ and Rhys Whitfield as ‘Raoul’.

Brandi Burkhardt, Julian Decker and More To Lead New York Premiere Of New Andrew Lloy Photo Brandi Burkhardt, Julian Decker and More To Lead New York Premiere Of New Andrew Lloyd Webber Show At WPPAC
by A.A. Cristi - Sep 24, 2021

The White Plains Performing Arts Center has announced the cast for its upcoming Mainstage production of Masquerade: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, playing October 8-24.

UN DÍA COMO HOY: CATS cerraba en Broadway Photo UN DÍA COMO HOY: CATS cerraba en Broadway
by Nuria Pedret - Sep 10, 2021

El espectåculo se despidió del Winter Garden Theatre tras haberse mantenido durante tres años como el musical con mayor permanencia en cartel

Richard Stilgoe Videos

VIDEO: Check Out New Footage of Killian Donnelly, Lucy St. Louis & More in THE PHANTO VideoVIDEO: Check Out New Footage of Killian Donnelly, Lucy St. Louis & More in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 8, 2021

Ahead of the 35th Birthday of The Phantom of the Opera, new show footage has been released! THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA stars double Olivier Award nominee Killian Donnelly as ‘The Phantom’, Lucy St Louis as ‘Christine Daaé’ and Rhys Whitfield as ‘Raoul’.

VIDEO: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA In Concert To Make Montreal French Language Debut VideoVIDEO: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA In Concert To Make Montreal French Language Debut
by Alan Henry - Oct 22, 2019

BroadwayWorld has learned that Spectra Musique will present a concert version in French of the musical THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA in Montreal. In a staging by Etienne Cousineau, 20 singers and an orchestra of 40 musicians will share the stage to give life to the characters inspired by the famous novel by Gaston Leroux and the musical work of Andrew Lloyd Webber.

VIDEO: PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Pays Tribute to Hal Prince VideoVIDEO: PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Pays Tribute to Hal Prince
by Stage Tube - Aug 2, 2019

Before Wednesday night's performance of Broadway's longest-running musical, The Phantom of the Opera, the show's original music director, David Caddick, made a poignant speech about the show's beloved director Hal Prince, who passed away on Wednesday morning. Be sure to check out the full tribute.

VIDEO: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA's Original Leads Perform 'All I Ask Of You' On the Pa VideoVIDEO: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA's Original Leads Perform 'All I Ask Of You' On the Paris Opera House Rooftop in 1988!
by Stage Tube - Jun 4, 2019

We're taking a peek at this special throwback to The Phantom of the Opera's original Christine and Raoul, Sarah Brightman and Steve Barton, performing the show's classic 'All I Ask Of You' on the rooftop of the Paris Opera House back in 1988!

VIDEO: Go Inside Rehearsals Of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA World Tour VideoVIDEO: Go Inside Rehearsals Of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA World Tour
by Alan Henry - Apr 19, 2019

BroadwayWorld has an inside look at THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA World Tour, led by Jonathan Roxmouth and Meghan Picerno! Check out the video below!

#TBT: PHANTOM Makes Broadway History! Video#TBT: PHANTOM Makes Broadway History!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jan 24, 2019

In honor of 31 years of The Phantom of the Opera giving us the music of the night, we're throwing it back to 2011 when the show celebrated its 23rd anniversary at the Majestic Theatre!

Photo Flash: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Celebrates 29 Years on Broadway Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2017

This week, the longest-running show in Broadway history, the Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, directed by Harold Prince, will once again make theater history, reaching a phenomenal 29 Years.

BWW Exclusive: Sneak Peek - ABC's THE GOLDBERGS Takes On 'Phantom of the Opera'
by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 28, 2016

ABC's THE GOLDBERGS takes on the longest-running musical on Broadway, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA in an all-new episode titled 'The Greatest Musical Ever Written"

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 3/15/16- STARLIGHT EXPRESS
by Stage Tube - Mar 15, 2016

Today in 1987, Starlight Express opened at the Gershwin Theatre, where it ran for 761 performances. Starlight Express is a rock musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber (music), Richard Stilgoe (lyrics) and Arlene Phillips (choreography), with later revisions by Don Black (lyrics) and David Yazbek (music and lyrics for the 2nd US tour). The story follows a child's dream in which his toy train set comes to life; famously the actors perform wearing roller skates.

STAGE TUBE: Chris Mann Talks PHANTOM on Tour in Toronto
by Alan Henry - Dec 9, 2015

Chris Mann, who plays the title character in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA on Tour sat down with BroadwayWorld Toronto to talk about this new production. Click below to check out the full video! Cameron Mackintosh's spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA began performances December 8th and plays through January 23rd, 2016 at the Princess of Wales Theatre. With newly reinvented staging and stunning scenic design, this new version of PHANTOM is performed by a cast and orchestra of 52,making this one of the largest productions on tour in North America.  


Richard Stilgoe Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has Richard Stilgoe written?
Richard Stilgoe has written 4 shows including Cats (Lyricist), Starlight Express (Lyricist), Body Work (Bookwriter/Composer/Lyricist), The Phantom of the Opera (Lyricist).

What awards has Richard Stilgoe been nominated for?
Best Musical (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for The Phantom of the Opera , Best Book of a Musical (Tony Awards) for The Phantom of the Opera , Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (Tony Awards) for The Phantom of the Opera , Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (Tony Awards) for Starlight Express Musical of the Year (Olivier Awards) for The Phantom Of The Opera and Musical of the Year (Olivier Awards) for Cats .

What awards has Richard Stilgoe won?
Musical of the Year (Olivier Awards) for The Phantom Of The Operaand Musical of the Year (Olivier Awards) for Cats.