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Stephen Dolginoff received Drama Desk Award nominations for Best Musical & Best Music; an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Best Off-Broadway musical; and won an ASCAP Music Award for his musical THRILL ME: THE LEOPOLD & LOEB STORY. Over 150 productions in 16 countries and 10 languages have followed, including a run on London's West End (WOS Award nom), stagings in Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Madrid, Barcelona, Sydney and long-running Asian versions in Seoul and Tokyo. Stephen's musical suspense thriller, FLAMES, has been seen in London and across the USA. His horror-movie musical homage, MONSTER MAKERS, was first presented in NYC at the Daryl Roth Theatre/D-Lounge, prior to its international regional theatre debut. Stephen received a Backstage Bistro Award for Outstanding Book, Music & Lyrics for his musical ONE FOOT OUT THE DOOR. His musical MOST MEN ARE; his musical adaptation of JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH; and his musical comedy, PANIC, the story behind the “War of the Worlds” broadcast have been performed in theatres all around the world. Stephen received a BFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU/Tisch School of the Arts. His work is published by Samuel French and Dramatists Play Service. As an actor, he played "Nathan" in THRILL ME Off-Broadway & on the cast album; and originated the roles of “Max Schreck,” “Boris Karloff” & “Peter Cushing” in MONSTER MAKERS onstage & on the original cast recording.

Stephen Dolginoff STAGE CREDITS

Original Off-Broadway Production, 2005
Nathan Leopold [Replacement]



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TRANSFORMATION: The Christine Jorgensen Show Comes to the Fresh Fruit Festival

The musical play follows Bronx-born Christine Jorgensen as she returns from Denmark following her headline-grabbing transformation from an ex-GI into a blonde beauty with the help of a down-on-his-luck nightclub entertainer determined to turn the new “her” into a cabaret chanteuse – despite her lack of experience and overwhelming stage fright.

Donand Olson's TRANSFORMATION: The Christine Jorgensen Show to Open at the Fresh Fruit Festival

A Featured Event of the Fresh Fruit Festival this year is the premiere of Donald Steven Olson's new musical play, TRANSFORMATION: The Christine Jorgensen Show in April.

Rachel Tucker & Lewis Cornay to Star in JOHN & JEN: A 30TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT CELEBRATION

Rachel Tucker & Lewis Cornay will reprise their starring roles in a brand-new version of ‘John & Jen’ by Andrew Lippa and Tom Greenwald. The performance will take place February 9, 2023 at 54 Below. See how to purchase tickets!

Little Red Light Theatre Presents AN INFINITE ACHE By David Schulner

Little Red Light Theatre will be presenting An Infinite Ache by David Schulner running Dec 15th -18th 2022 at the NuBox Theatre located at 754 9th Ave; 4th floor.

Clague Playhouse's 95th Season Opens Next Month With The Musical Thriller FLAMES

Clague Playhouse presents the musical suspense thriller, Flames by Stephen Dolginoff to open their 95th Season.  

BWW Review: THRILL ME: THE LEOPOLD & LOEB STORY, Jermyn Street Theatre

In Chicago, 1924, Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb each receive life, plus 99 years, for the despicable murder and kidnapping of 14-year-old Bobby Franks.

MOULIN ROUGE! Leads January's Top 10 New London Shows

Though hardly an ideal start to the new theatrical year, we want to applaud all of the incredible casts, creatives, backstage and front-of-house staff who are working so hard to keep shows on. If you can support productions, please do – whether revisiting an amazing long-running show or checking out something new. And speaking of which: here are some of the most intriguing London additions for this month. Keep checking back for our reviews, interviews and features!

Jermyn Street Theatre Announces Cast For THRILL ME: THE LEOPOLD AND LOEB STORY

Jermyn Street Theatre has announced the cast of the opening production of its Outsiders Season, Stephen Dolginoff's Thrill Me: The Leopold and Loeb Story.

Jermyn Street Theatre Announces Outsiders Season

Today, Jermyn Street Theatre announces its Spring 2022 season. The Outsiders Season, which runs from mid-January to early July, features a World premiere by one of the UK's most respected playwrights, two European premieres, one London premiere and an eagerly awaited transfer of a critically praised musical thriller.

THRILL ME: THE LEOPOLD & LOEB STORY Will Be Presented By Little Red Light Theatre

A new production of THRILL ME: The Leopold & Loeb Story (book, music, and lyrics by Stephen Dolginoff) takes place this weekend at the NuBox theatre in Hell's Kitchen from September 30th to October 3rd.

Mid-World Players At The Found Theatre Presents Stephen Dolginoff's PANIC: A LIVE RADIO MUSICAL

With special permission from Mr, Dolginoff, MWP were able to film a one-night only, filmed production, of this comedic musical, celebrating that momentous occasion where radio became a realistic event when Orson Welles and The Mercury Theatre presented the infamous radio broadcast of H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds.

Listen to the First Two Episodes of OUT FOR BLOOD: THE STORY OF CARRIE THE MUSICAL

OUT FOR BLOOD: THE STORY OF CARRIE THE MUSICAL has announced its first two episodes are now available! OUT FOR BLOOD: THE STORY OF CARRIE THE MUSICAL is a new, unofficial podcast exploring the history and mysteries of ‘Broadway’s greatest flop’, CARRIE THE MUSICAL.

BWW Feature: MASH NOTE TO THRILL ME at Richmond Triangle Players

Back in the Fieldens Cabaret days, Richmond Triangle Players put on an affecting production of the Leopold and Loeb musical 'Thrill Me.'


The crimes perpetrated by Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb in 1920s-Chicago have gone on to become interwoven in popular culture and have generated a multitude of films, plays, and fiction. They were barely 20 years old when they ensnared and murdered 14-year-old Bobby for no other gain but the thrill they'd get from killing a human being. They were sentenced for life plus 99 years but while the latter was attacked and killed in prison, Leopold was granted parole and released in 1958 - 33 years after being convicted.

BWW Review: NEXT TO NORMAL at Karreveld Castle

After Sunset Boulevard last summer and before My Fair Lady next season, both at Karreveld Castle, Brussels is staying alive through the winter with the sound of musicals, this time with a much meatier choice by Tobiarts Productions, the Pulitzer Prize and triple Tony Awards winner Next to Normal.

Theater Resources Unlimited To Establish Scholarship Fund At The 2018 TRU Love Benefit

Theater Resources Unlimited will establish a new TRU scholarship fund at its annual TRU Love Benefit this November 4th at Caroline's on Broadway. Honorees at the benefit this year will be Baayork Lee and the National Asian Artists Project (NAAP) receiving the TRU Spirit of Theater Award, and John Chatterton and the Midtown International Theatre Festival (MITF) receiving the TRU Entrepreneur Award. The scholarship fund will be open to any candidates demonstrating financial need, and will include annual worthy candidates submitted by both NAAP and MITF.

Brenda Braxton Joins The 2018 TRU Love Benefit

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces that Tony Award nominated Brenda Braxton joins the cast of the 2018 TRU Love Benefit, 'The Power of Community: Bringing People Together Through the Arts.' The event will honor legendary A Chorus Line co-star and co-founder of the National Asian Artists Project Baayork Lee, who will receive the TRU Spirit of Theater Award for a lifetime of creating opportunities for Asian artists; and off-off-Broadway maverick, creator of the former OOBR Awards and the Midtown International Theatre Festival, John Chatterton who will receive the TRU Entrepreneur Award for providing 17 years of developmental opportunities for a range of independent theater artists. It all takes place on Sunday, November 4, 2018 from 12pm-4pm at Caroline's on Broadway, 1626 Broadway, NYC.

PANIC: THE STORY BEHIND THE WAR OF THE WORLDS BROADCAST Adds Performance, Extended Through October 30

Due to popular demand, an additional performance of Stephen Dolginoff's Panic: The Story Behind The War of the Worlds Broadcast has been added. The benefit concert, presented by New York Theatre Barn, will now play Monday, October 29 and Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 7:00pm at The Cell in New York City

Stephen Dolginoff's Musical PANIC: THE STORY BEHIND THE WAR OF THE WORLDS BROADCAST Will Have One-Night-Only Concert

On Monday, October 29, 2018 at 7:00pm, New York Theatre Barn will present a benefit concert of Stephen Dolginoff's musical Panic: The Story Behind The War of the Worlds Broadcast at The Cell in New York City.


Stephen Dolginoff has written 4 shows including One Foot Out the Door (Bookwriter/Composer/Lyricist), Most Men Are (Bookwriter/Composer/Lyricist), Journey to the Center of the Earth (Bookwriter/Composer/Lyricist), Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story (Bookwriter/Composer/Lyricist).

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