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Tom Eyen

 
Tom Eyen Headshot
Date Of Birth:
August 14, 1941
Date Of Death:
May 26, 1991 (49)
Birth Place:
Cambridge, OH, USA
Bio:
Writer and director. Eyen is best known for his 1981 TonyAward-winning Broadway musical Dreamgirls, based loosely on the lives of the members of the female vocal trio The Supremes. Eyen, the author of more than thirty plays, was an innovator in the 1960s Off-Off Broadway experimental theatre ... (read complete bio)
 
Tom Eyen Headshot
Date of Birth: August 14, 1941
Date of Death: May 26, 1991 (49)

Birth Place: Cambridge, OH, USA

Bio:
Writer and director. Eyen is best known for his 1981 TonyAward-winning Broadway musical Dreamgirls, based loosely on the lives of the members of the female vocal trio The Supremes. Eyen, the author of more than thirty plays, was an innovator in the 1960s Off-Off Broadway experimental theatre ... (read complete bio)

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[Off-Broadway, 1974]
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[Broadway, 1973]
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[Off-Broadway, 1970]
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[Off-Broadway, 1963]
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[Off-Broadway, 1974]
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[Broadway, 1973]
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[Off-Broadway, 1970]
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[Off-Broadway, 1963]
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Tom Eyen Biography

Writer and director. Eyen is best known for his 1981 TonyAward-winning Broadway musical Dreamgirls, based loosely on the lives of the members of the female vocal trio The Supremes. Eyen, the author of more than thirty plays, was an innovator in the 1960s Off-Off Broadway experimental theatre movement and once had four plays showing simultaneously. After receiving a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation in the mid 1960s, he formed his own company, the Theatre of the Eye. With a formula that often included strong language, daring sexual content, comedy, nudity, profanity, and social criticism, Eyen wrote such cult hits The Dirtiest Show in Town, The White Whore and the Bit Player, Why Hanna's Skirt Won't Stay Down, Sarah B.Divine, and Women behind Bars. He also directed many of his own plays, sometimes under the names Jerome Eyen and Roger Short, Jr. In 1976 he became a writer for the television program Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.

Tom Eyen Awards and Nominations

 
Drama Desk Awards - 1982 - Outstanding Music
Tom Eyen, Dreamgirls
 
Tony Awards - 1982 - Best Book of a Musical Gold Star
Tom Eyen, Dreamgirls
 
Tony Awards - 1982 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Tom Eyen, Dreamgirls

Tom Eyen News

Ping Chong and Company to Present LAZARUS 1972â€"2022 in September at La Mama Photo Ping Chong and Company to Present LAZARUS 1972â€"2022 in September at La Mama
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 17, 2022

La MaMa, the theater Chong considers his artistic home—one of the first organizations to give him a platform following his years presenting performances in New York lofts—will present Lazarus 1972–2022, his new reimagining of the production that set his boundary-shattering career in motion, September 30 - October 16.

PHX Theatre Adds New Show, Single Tickets For 2022-23 Line Up On Sale Now Photo PHX Theatre Adds New Show, Single Tickets For 2022-23 Line Up On Sale Now
by Stephi Wild - Jul 27, 2022

Theatre and live performance lovers across the Valley will be thrilled by The Phoenix Theatre Company's 103rd season that kicks off Aug. 31. Tickets are on sale now for a line-up that includes nine shows ranging from classic musicals like A Chorus Line, family favorites like Cinderella and exciting new productions like The Prom.

Garden Theatre Announces 2022/23 Season Photo Garden Theatre Announces 2022/23 Season
by Nicole Rosky - Apr 24, 2022

At the opening night performance of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast on April 23, Artistic Director Joseph C. Walsh announced Garden Theatre’s upcoming 15th season. Current subscribers may renew their subscriptions immediately. New subscriptions begin at $96 and go on sale May 24. All single tickets go on sale July 6.

PHX Theatre Announces 103rd Season Lineup Photo PHX Theatre Announces 103rd Season Lineup
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 5, 2022

The Phoenix Theatre Company's seasonwill kick off in August and includes nine shows ranging from classic musicals like A Chorus Line and family favorites like Cinderella to the world-premiere of Tiananmen.

DREAMGIRLS On Sale April 8 At Bass Performance Hall Photo DREAMGIRLS On Sale April 8 At Bass Performance Hall
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 4, 2022

DREAMGIRLS comes to the Bass Hall stage to round out the current Jubilee Theatre season. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 8 at 10am!

VSC and Norfolk State University Theatre Company's Present DREAMGIRLS Photo VSC and Norfolk State University Theatre Company's Present DREAMGIRLS
by Stephi Wild - Mar 29, 2022

Virginia Stage Company and Norfolk State University Theatre Company join forces again to present the Tony, Grammy, and Drama Desk Award-Winning musical Dreamgirls at The Historic Wells Theatre (108 E. Tazewell Street, Norfolk VA) from April 13th to May 1st, 2022.

Omaha Community Playhouse Announces Upcoming 2022-23 Season
by Stephi Wild - Mar 16, 2022

The Omaha Community Playhouse (OCP) has announced the titles to be produced during their 98th season, which will run from August 2022 through June 2023.

Paramount Theatre Announces 2022-23 Broadway Series Photo Paramount Theatre Announces 2022-23 Broadway Series
by Stephi Wild - Mar 8, 2022

Aurora's Paramount Theatre enters its second decade with today's announcement of the four blockbuster musicals on tap for its 2022-23 Broadway Series.

BWW Review: DREAMGIRLS at Titusville Playhouse Photo BWW Review: DREAMGIRLS at Titusville Playhouse
by Joseph Harrison - Mar 6, 2022

Thanks to the 2006 film starring Jennifer Hudson and Beyonce, a lot of people are familiar with the story of the Broadway hit musical DREAMGIRLS. Its story of the rise of a talented group of young women – first as contest winners, then backup singers, then fame and success on their own - resonates with audiences who love to cheer for the success of an underdog (and sometimes the drama that comes along with the journey to the top). Throw in some blockbuster songs, beautiful costumes, and a talented cast to tell the story and you have stage magic. And that is just what audiences will get with the latest production of DREAMGIRLS at the Titusville Playhouse in Titusville, FL – a visually stunning, vocally thrilling, and powerful production of this classic musical.

UK Tour of DREAMGIRLS Heads to Milton Keynes Theatre Photo UK Tour of DREAMGIRLS Heads to Milton Keynes Theatre
by Marissa Tomeo - Jan 5, 2022

Dreamgirls stars Nicole Raquel Dennis as Effie White with Sharlene Hector performing the role at certain performances. Milton Keynes actress Natalie Kassanga will play the role of Deena Jones at Milton Keynes Theatre, her hometown venue.

Tom Eyen Videos

VIDEO: Eureka! Talks WOMEN BEHIND BARS on Backstage LIVE with Richard Ridge- Watch No VideoVIDEO: Eureka! Talks WOMEN BEHIND BARS on Backstage LIVE with Richard Ridge- Watch Now!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - Sep 12, 2021

Watch as Richard chats with star of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars, Eureka!, who is now starring in Women Behind Bars, now available to stream on www.broadwayhd.com.

Longview Native Brings The Life And Music Of James Brown To His Hometown As Part Of H VideoLongview Native Brings The Life And Music Of James Brown To His Hometown As Part Of His National Tour
by A.A. Cristi - Jul 12, 2019

As a very young man, Dedrick Weathersby a Longview TX native learned early on about the magic of the genre called 'soul music.'

VIDEO: Watch the All New Trailer for DREAMGIRLS VideoVIDEO: Watch the All New Trailer for DREAMGIRLS
by Stage Tube - Feb 9, 2018

A dazzling new trailer for the multi award-winning West End production Dreamgirls has been released today. Watch the full trailer below! Presented by Sonia Friedman Productions, this critically acclaimed musical is now booking at the Savoy Theatre in London through to 22nd September 2018.

VIDEO: Watch Marisha Wallace and London's DREAMGIRLS Perform LIVE VideoVIDEO: Watch Marisha Wallace and London's DREAMGIRLS Perform LIVE
by Julie Musbach - Jan 25, 2018

The cast of London's DREAMGIRLS lit up the stage at Theatre Lounge Live, check out the amazing video below!

VIDEO: Get a Look Behind the Scenes at the Costumes of DREAMGIRLS VideoVIDEO: Get a Look Behind the Scenes at the Costumes of DREAMGIRLS
by Stage Tube - Jan 2, 2018

Go behind the scenes at London's most fabulous show, Dreamgirls, to find out how the stunning costumes help to tell the story. Check out the video here!

BWW Feature: DREAMGIRLS at TUTS
by Bryan-Keyth Wilson - Apr 3, 2017

Walking into the rehearsal studios at TUTS had a different energy on today. I thought I was at the New 42nd St. Rehearsal Studios in NYC, but I was here in H-Town awaiting the gorgeously talented cast of DREAMGIRLS. The energy was high and every press rep in the room had memories of their first introduction to this fabulous piece of American Musical Theatre. The day began with a brief introduction of the cast by TUTS Artistic Supervisor/ show director, Sheldon Epps.

BWW TV: It's Only the Beginning - Watch Highlights from DREAMGIRLS, Starring Amber Riley, in London!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Dec 14, 2016

The long-awaited UK premiere of Dreamgirls opens tonight, Wednesday 14 December at the Savoy Theatre in London, 35 years after originally opening on Broadway. Below, watch highlights just in time for this evening's premiere, plus click here for a new batch of production shots!

STAGE TUBE: Amber Riley Debuts Iconic, 'And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going' on The Graham Norton Show
by Stage Tube - Oct 7, 2016

Amber Riley dropped in on The Graham Norton Show this week in support of her upcoming West End turn as Effie White in the first ever UK production of the 1980's classic musical, Dreamgirls. Watch the video below to catch one of the first glimpses of the production as Ms. Riley slays the iconic ballad, 'And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going'.

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 6/28/16- DREAMGIRLS
by Stage Tube - Jun 28, 2016

Today in 1987, the FIRST Broadway revival of Dreamgirls opened at the Ambassador Theatre, where it ran for 177 performances. Dreamgirls features music by Henry Krieger and lyrics and book by Tom Eyen. Based upon the show business aspirations and successes of R&B acts such as The Supremes, The Shirelles, James Brown, Jackie Wilson, and others, the musical follows the story of a young female singing trio from Chicago, Illinois called 'The Dreams', who become music superstars. The musical opened on December 20, 1981 at the Imperial Theatre, and was nominated for thirteen Tony Awards, including the Tony Award for Best Musical, and won six. It was later adapted into a motion picture from DreamWorks and Paramount Pictures in 2006. The 1987 cast featured Lillias White as 'Effie.'

STAGE TUBE: Watch Performances from Porchlight's DREAMGIRLS!
by Stage Tube - Apr 19, 2016

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber present DREAMGIRLS, book and lyrics by Tom Eyen, music by Henry Krieger. This production is directed and choreographed by Porchlight Artistic Associate Brenda Didier and music directed by Porchlight Artistic Associate Doug Peck, now through May 22, at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. BroadwayWorld brings you performances from the production below!


Tom Eyen Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has Tom Eyen written?
Tom Eyen has written 10 shows including Kicks (Lyricist), Tour de Four (Conceiver), The Dirtiest Show in Town (Playwright), Rachael Lily Rosenbloom and Don't You Ever Forget It (Bookwriter), Why Hanna's Skirt Won't Stay Down (Playwright), Tom Eyen's Dirtiest Musical (Bookwriter/Lyricist), Women Behind Bars (Playwright), The Neon Woman (Playwright), Dreamgirls (Bookwriter), Dangerous Music (Bookwriter/Lyricist).

What awards has Tom Eyen been nominated for?
Outstanding Music (Drama Desk Awards) for Dreamgirls Best Book of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Dreamgirls and Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (Tony Awards) for Dreamgirls .

What awards has Tom Eyen won?
Best Book of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Dreamgirls.