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Susan Birkenhead, Stephen Schwartz, guest and Micki Grant Photo

Susan Birkenhead, Stephen Schwartz, guest and Micki Grant

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06/27/2019
Helen Hunt and Susan Birkenhead Photo

Helen Hunt and Susan Birkenhead

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06/27/2019
Susan Birkenhead and Micki Grant Photo

Susan Birkenhead and Micki Grant

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Susan Birkenhead and Stephen Schwartz Photo

Susan Birkenhead and Stephen Schwartz

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Susan Birkenhead Awards and Nominations

 
Drama Desk Awards - 2020 - Outstanding Lyrics
Susan Birkenhead, The Secret Life of Bees
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2020 - Outstanding New Score Gold Star
Susan BirkenheadThe Secret Life of Bees
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1999 - Outstanding Lyrics Gold Star
Susan BirkenheadTriumph of Love
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1997 - Outstanding Lyrics
Susan Birkenhead, Triumph of Love
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1992 - Outstanding Lyrics Gold Star
Susan Birkenhead, Jelly's Last Jam
 
Tony Awards - 1992 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Susan Birkenhead, Jelly's Last Jam
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1984 - Best Score Gold Star
Susan Birkenhead, Love
 
Tony Awards - 1978 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Susan Birkenhead, Working

Susan Birkenhead News

VIDEO: David Foster Shares an Update on the BETTY BOOP Musical Photo VIDEO: David Foster Shares an Update on the BETTY BOOP Musical
by Michael Major - Jun 3, 2022

The musical new musical based on Betty Boop will feature music from David Foster, a book by Tony Award-winner Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone, The Prom) and lyrics by Susan Birkenhead (Jelly's Last Jam, High Society). Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell (Hairspray, Legally Blonde) will direct and choreograph.

TheaterWorks Hartford Shares 2022-2023 Season Lineup Photo TheaterWorks Hartford Shares 2022-2023 Season Lineup
by Marissa Tomeo - May 29, 2022

TheaterWorks¬†Hartford, under the leadership of¬†Producing Artistic Director¬†Rob Ruggiero, is excited to announce¬†its upcoming¬†2022‚Äď2023¬†season. Rob said¬†'This season, we‚Äôre focusing on plays that we hope inspire our audiences to come see LIVE theater. Great music, captivating stories, and world-class writing ‚Äď these stories are uplifting, powerful ‚Ķ and will engage us all in important conversations. We‚Äôre particularly excited that they are written by four female playwrights representing the best and most important voices in American theater. These plays tell our stories.'

DIGNITY, ALWAYS DIGNITY, JELLY'S LAST JAM Concert & More Announced for Long Wharf The Photo DIGNITY, ALWAYS DIGNITY, JELLY'S LAST JAM Concert & More Announced for Long Wharf Theatre 2022/2023 Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 26, 2022

Long Wharf Theatre yesterday announced the launch of its 2022/2023 season, ‚ÄúEverywhere for Everyone.‚ÄĚ Under its new model, audiences will see programming radiating out from the institution's storied home at 222 Sargent Drive and into communities across Greater New Haven.

BWW Review: JELLYS LAST JAM at Theatre Latte Da Photo BWW Review: JELLYS LAST JAM at Theatre Latte Da
by Jared Fessler - Apr 3, 2022

VIDEO: First Look at Theater Latté Da's JELLY'S LAST JAM Photo VIDEO: First Look at Theater Latté Da's JELLY'S LAST JAM
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 29, 2022

Theater Latté Da is presenting JELLY'S LAST JAM, the story of self-proclaimed inventor of jazz, Jelly Roll Morton. The area premiere production features an all Twin Cities-based cast including Reese Britts as Jelly Roll Morton and Andre Shoals as The Chimney Man.

Palm Beach Dramaworks to Open Lynn Nottage's INTIMATE APPAREL This Friday Photo Palm Beach Dramaworks to Open Lynn Nottage's INTIMATE APPAREL This Friday
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 22, 2022

Lynn Nottage‚Äôs heartfelt and heartbreaking¬†Intimate Apparel, which she wrote ‚Äúto honor the legacy of her great-grandmother,‚ÄĚ opens at Palm Beach Dramaworks on Friday, April 1 (8pm).

Industry Pro Newsletter: Kelvin Dinkins, Jr New Executive Director at ART, Barbara Ga Photo Industry Pro Newsletter: Kelvin Dinkins, Jr New Executive Director at ART, Barbara Gaines to Retire from CST
by Alex Freeman - Mar 7, 2022

With many of the pandemic restrictions being lifted in New York City this week, that the Broadway COVID safety team will celebrate their 2,000th performance on Broadway Tuesday night highlights the new phase of normalcy that the industry has entered.

Development Continues on BETTY BOOP Musical; Jerry Mitchell, Bob Martin, and Susan Bi Photo Development Continues on BETTY BOOP Musical; Jerry Mitchell, Bob Martin, and Susan Birkenhead Join Creative Team
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 3, 2022

According to a recent casting notice, the new musical based on the cartoon character, Betty Boop, will continue development in 2022. Find out the latest here.

Theater Latté Da Announces The Cast For JELLY'S LAST JAM Photo Theater Latté Da Announces The Cast For JELLY'S LAST JAM
by A.A. Cristi - Feb 18, 2022

Kelli Foster Warder directs the Tony-award-winning musical of legendary self-proclaimed jazz inventor Jelly Roll Morton. The area premiere production opens at the intimate Ritz Theater, April 2.

SEGAL BOOK TALK Series to be Joined by Alexis Greene & Emily Mann Photo SEGAL BOOK TALK Series to be Joined by Alexis Greene & Emily Mann
by Gigi Gervais - Nov 28, 2021

ÔĽŅJoin the Segal Book Talk series Wednesday, December 1 at noon, for a conversation with¬†Alexis Greene & Emily Mann¬†about Greene's new book,¬†Emily Mann: Rebel Artist of the American Theater. The discussion will be moderated by Frank Hentschker.

Susan Birkenhead Videos

VIDEO: David Foster Shares an Update on the BETTY BOOP Musical VideoVIDEO: David Foster Shares an Update on the BETTY BOOP Musical
by Michael Major - Jun 3, 2022

The musical new musical based on Betty Boop will feature music from David Foster, a book by Tony Award-winner Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone, The Prom) and lyrics by Susan Birkenhead (Jelly's Last Jam, High Society). Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell (Hairspray, Legally Blonde) will direct and choreograph.

VIDEO: First Look at Theater Latté Da's JELLY'S LAST JAM VideoVIDEO: First Look at Theater Latté Da's JELLY'S LAST JAM
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 29, 2022

Theater Latté Da is presenting JELLY'S LAST JAM, the story of self-proclaimed inventor of jazz, Jelly Roll Morton. The area premiere production features an all Twin Cities-based cast including Reese Britts as Jelly Roll Morton and Andre Shoals as The Chimney Man.

VIDEO: Check Out an All New Trailer For WORKING: A MUSICAL, Now Playing at Alliance T VideoVIDEO: Check Out an All New Trailer For WORKING: A MUSICAL, Now Playing at Alliance Theatre
by Stage Tube - May 27, 2021

Working: A Musical is now playing Under the Tent at Alliance Theatre, running through May 30, 2021.

VIDEO: Check Out an All New Trailer For WORKING: A MUSICAL, Now Playing at Alliance T VideoVIDEO: Check Out an All New Trailer For WORKING: A MUSICAL, Now Playing at Alliance Theatre
by Stage Tube - May 11, 2021

Working: A Musical is now playing Under the Tent at Alliance Theatre, running through May 30, 2021.

Flashback: 'What Do You Love?' From Atlantic Theater's THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES VideoFlashback: 'What Do You Love?' From Atlantic Theater's THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES
by Stage Tube - May 16, 2020

Atlantic Theater has posted another flashback video. This time, the cast sings 'What Do You Love?' from The Secret Life of Bees!

VIDEO: London Cast Recording of WORKING to Be Released Next Week VideoVIDEO: London Cast Recording of WORKING to Be Released Next Week
by Stage Tube - Feb 23, 2018

Ghostlight Records will release the Original London Cast Recording of Stephen Schwartz's WORKING on Friday, March 2. Watch below for a preview of the new show!

VIDEO: New Trailer Unveiled for European Premiere of Stephen Schwartz's WORKING
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 20, 2017

WORKING is the extraordinary genre-defining musical from Grammy and Academy Award-winner Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell) based on Studs Terkel's best-selling book of interviews with the American workforce: Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do. The show has been adapted by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso, the creators of Godspell and Rags, with additional contributions by Gordon Greenberg.

VIDEO: Watch Highlights from Berkeley Rep's MONSOON WEDDING
by Stage Tube - May 24, 2017

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Mira Nair's MONSOON WEDDING will be Broadway-bound following its run in San Francisco. Based on the iconic 2001 film, the stage musical had its world premiere at Berkeley Repertory Theatre on Friday, May 19th and where it will run through July 2nd.

STAGE TUBE: Let's Roll! Watch Highlights from JELLY'S LAST JAM at Signature Theatre
by Stage Tube - Aug 9, 2016

Signature Theatre's JELLY'S LAST JAM, directed by Signature Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner (Signature's La Cage Aux Folles, West Side Story) and choreographed byJared Grimes (Broadway's After Midnight), runs now through September 11 in Signature Theatre's intimate MAX Theatre. The musical about famed and notorious jazz entertainer Jelly Roll Morton by George C. Wolfe, Susan Birkenhead, and Luther Henderson features the music of Jelly Roll Morton. Click below to watch highlights from the show!

STAGE TUBE: Go Behind the Scenes with JELLY'S LAST JAM at Signature Theatre
by Stage Tube - Aug 3, 2016

Below, check out the cast of Jelly's Last Jam in the rehearsal room, plus watch Signature's talented, hardworking tech crew transform the MAX Theatre from a drag club on the French Riviera in La Cage aux Folles to the Jungle Inn, a 1920s jazz club, for Jelly's Last Jam!


Susan Birkenhead Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has Susan Birkenhead written?
Susan Birkenhead has written 13 shows including Working (Lyricist), King of Schnorrers (Lyricist), A...My Name Is Alice (Material), Love (Lyricist), Tatterdemalion (Lyricist), Pieces of Eight (Lyricist), High Society (Lyricist), What About Luv? (Lyricist), Jelly's Last Jam (Lyricist), Triumph of Love (Lyricist), The Night They Raided Minsky's (Lyricist), The Flamingo Kid (Lyricist), Hats! (Composer/Lyricist).

What awards has Susan Birkenhead been nominated for?
Outstanding Lyrics (Drama Desk Awards) for The Secret Life of Bees , Outstanding New Score (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for The Secret Life of Bees , Outstanding Lyrics (Drama Desk Awards) for Triumph of Love , Outstanding Lyrics (Drama Desk Awards) for Triumph of Love , Outstanding Lyrics (Drama Desk Awards) for Jelly's Last Jam , Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (Tony Awards) for Jelly's Last Jam Best Score (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Love and Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (Tony Awards) for Working .

What awards has Susan Birkenhead won?
Outstanding New Score (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for The Secret Life of Bees, Outstanding Lyrics (Drama Desk Awards) for Triumph of Love Outstanding Lyrics (Drama Desk Awards) for Jelly's Last Jamand Best Score (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Love.