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STEPHEN COLE is an award winning musical theatre writer. His produced musicals include AFTER THE FAIR (CD, Lyric Stage: 5 Dallas Theatre Awards, York Theatre Company: nominated for the Outer Critic’s Circle Award for Best Musical; produced in London.) THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (with Claibe Richardson. Concept CD, World Premiere San Francisco, NYMF 2006, Lyric Stage 2010 with full orchestra), SATURDAY NIGHT AT GROSSINGER’S (Dallas starring Gavin McLeod, Long Island, LA and Florida starring Barbara Minkus.) Broadway legend Chita Rivera toured in his show CASPER (which is being revived this summer as a family show) and Hal Linden and Dee Hoty starred in the world premiere of his musical adaptation of DODSWORTH. In 2005 Stephen and David Krane were commissioned to write ASPIRE, the first American musical to premiere in the Middle East. Their experiences resulted in the new musical THE ROAD TO QATAR (Dallas, Off Broadway, CD on Jay Records). TIME AFTER TIME premiered at Pittsburgh Playhouse and also was produced in Hartford, CT. His family musicals include ROCK ODYSSEY and MERLIN'S APPRENTICE. Stephen’s books include NOEL COWARD, THAT BOOK ABOUT THAT GIRL, I COULD HAVE SUNG ALL NIGHT, the Marni Nixon story, ghosted PUT ON A HAPPY FACE (Charles Strouse memoirs). THE BLACK AND WHITE BALL (with Todd Ellison) had a concert reading with FWD Theatre Project, Chicago, MERMAN'S APPRENTICE (with David Evans) has had readings and workshops in NYC, Seattle and London and recently played a sold out concert at Birdland. Original Cast CD was recorded by Jay Records. Works in Progress: BY THE BOOK (with David Krane) Stephen is the recipient of the Edward Kleban Award and a Gilman-Gonzales Falla Commendation for musical theatre.

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- 2000 - Most promising musical theatre librettist

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Interview: Theatre Life with Stephen Cole

Today’s subject Stephen Cole is an accomplished lyricist, performer, and book writer. You can now add novelist to that already impressive list of accomplishments. Stephen Cole’s latest literary endeavor takes us back to the Golden Age of Broadway with his first novel entitled Mary & Ethel…and Mikey Who?. The book is now available everywhere for purchase in both hardcover and digital versions.
Feature: MONTHLY BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE: Let's salute Irving Berlin

Irving Berlin's songs continue to fill the air. Let's toast him on the anniversary of his birth, May 11.
EVERYTHING THE TRAFFIC WILL ALLOW Is Everything a Tribute Show Should Be

Musical comedy history roared to life when Klea Blackhurst brought the songs and sass and stories of Ethel Merman. The tables were full, the stage was filled with energy at Chelsea Table + Stage. She's coming back there with a survey of songwriter Vernon Duke on April 14 and Jerry Herman later this spring.
Book Review: MARY & ETHEL ...and MIKEY WHO? Is a Fun-filled Time-traveling Show Biz Adventure

Mary & Ethel...and Mikey Who? is a good read (or listen). Come travel through time in a new work of historical fiction and fun, full of Broadway and spice and sweetness.
Photos: Go Inside the Launch Party for Stephen Cole's New Novel MARY & ETHEL...AND MIKEY WHO?

On January 16, 2024, Moreclacke Publishers (Robert Armin, President) released the hardcover, Kindle and audio version (performed by the great Anita Gillette) of MARY & ETHEL...and Mikey Who? by Stephen Cole. Check out photos from the launch party here!
VIDEO: Watch Stephen Cole, Ward Roberts, and Peter Filichia Discuss 'Cole Porter as a Gay Icon'

Chicago's Cole Porter Festival - A Celebration of the Man and his Music continues with the “Cole Porter as a Gay Icon,” notable Cole Porter fans, Stephen Cole, Ward Roberts and Peter Filichia, discuss Porter as a gay artist working in the 1920s-50s, hosted by Porchlight’s Producing Artistic Associate Frankie Leo Bennett. Watch the discussion here!
Hermitage Unveils New January And February Programs

The Hermitage Artist Retreat has revealed new programs throughout the months of January and February.
Review: GOIN' HOLLYWOOD at WaterTower Theatre

Although Goin' Hollywood was wonderfully performed, the ambitious new musical's story just couldn't match the efforts of its designers and actors.
Cast & Creatives Revealed For the World Premiere of GOIN' HOLLYWOOD

WaterTower Theatre Producing Artistic Director Shane Peterman and Associate Producer Elizabeth Kensek have announced casting and creative details for the world premiere of GOIN’ HOLLYWOOD, a new musical by Stephen Cole & David Krane. 
WaterTower Theatre Announces 27th Season

Shane Peterman, Producing Artistic Director has announced details of the Company’s 2022-2023 Season.  This season marks the 27th for WaterTower Theatre, and the fourth season programmed by Producing Artistic Director Shane Peterman & Associate Producer Elizabeth Kensek.  
Leicester Bay Theatricals Acquires SATURDAY NIGHT AT GROSSINGERS

This is the unbelievably true story of the rise of the famous Catskills resort, Grossingers, through the efforts of that one-of-a-kind-woman, Jennie Grossinger. Laugh (alot), and cry, and cheer as Jennie and her family succeed, fail, and stun the world with their unprecedented and unrivaled success as premiere resort owners and the creators of The Borscht Belt.
Porchlight Music Theatre Announces Fall 2020 Virtual Programming

Porchlight Music Theatre has announced its schedule for fall 2020, offering a variety of free and pay-to-view options for virtual experiences.
Richard Skipper Celebrates Barbara Minkus Tonight

Richard Skipper Celebrates Barbara Minkus tonight, Tuesday evening August 18, 7 PM ET/4PM PT, streaming LIVE.
VIDEO: Teatro Real's Director General Ignacio García-Belenguer on What Reopening Has Been Like For the Venue

Madrid's opera house, the Teatro Real, was one of the first in Europe to reopen amidst the health crisis. Director general Ignacio García-Belenguer recently chatted with The Agenda's Stephen Cole about the venue's latest productions, and why they feel very different for singers, musicians and audiences. 
Virtual Theatre This Weekend: August 15-16- with Betty Buckley, Christopher Jackson, and More!

This Weekend (August 15-16) in live streaming: Stephanie J. Block sings with Seth Rudetsky, Carrie reunites on Stars in the House, and so much more!
VIDEO: Regional Spotlight Shines on WaterTower Theatre on STARS IN THE HOUSE

Stars in the House continues today (2pm) with a Regional Theatre Spotlight On: WaterTower Theatre - Addison, TX.  Hosted by Elizabeth Kensek and Shane Peterman with Stephen Cole, Christine Cornish Smith, Larry Gatlin, Brian Gonzales, David Krane, Phyllis Cicero and Doug Wright.
Ali Stroker, Lilli Cooper, Teal Wicks, Ciara Renee, and More Join This Week's Lineup Of CURTAIN UP!, A Show Dedicated To Entertaining Isolated Seniors

Tony Award Winner Ali Stroker (Broadway: Oklahoma; Deaf West's Spring Awakening); Lilli Cooper (Broadway: Tootsie, Tony Nominee; Spongebob Squarepants), Teal Wicks (Broadway: The Cher Show; Finding Neverland), Ciara Renee (Broadway: Frozen; Big Fish), Eric William Morris (Broadway: King Kong), Alyse Alan Louis (Broadway: Amelie; The Public: Soft Power), Danny Gardner (Broadway: On the Town), Jennifer Blood (Broadway: Matilda; Violet), Alexis Floyd (a?oeThe Bold Typea??) have joined this week's lineup for Seniorly Presents: Curtain Up! a live show created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Virtual Theatre Today: Friday, April 10- with Alex Brightman, Sierra Boggess and More!

Broadway might be dark this month, but that doesn't mean that theatre isn't happening everywhere! Below, check out where you can get your daily fix of Broadway today, April 10, 2020.
TCT Announces Digital Content Via TCT EVERYWHERE

In response to COVID-19 and school closures, The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati is proud to launch TCT EVERYWHERE -- an online resource for parents, teachers and students.
Photo Flash: Inside WaterTower Theatre's Season Announcement Party

Shane Peterman, Producing Artistic Director, today announced details of the Company's 2020-2021 Season. This season marks the 25th for WaterTower Theatre, and the second season programmed by Producing Artistic Director Shane Peterman & Associate Producer Elizabeth Kensek.


How many shows has Stephen Cole written?

Stephen Cole has written 5 shows including Grossinger's (Bookwriter), After the Fair (Bookwriter/Lyricist), Time After Time (Bookwriter/Lyricist), The Night of the Hunter (Bookwriter/Lyricist), The Road to Qatar (Bookwriter).

What awards has Stephen Cole been nominated for?

Stephen Cole has been nominated for the Most Promising Musical Theatre Librettist award for his work on "After the Fair."

What awards has Stephen Cole won?

Stephen Cole has won the Kleban Award for Most Promising Musical Theatre Librettist for "After the Fair."

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