The Info List - Alfred Uhry

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Alfred Fox Uhry (born December 3, 1936) is an American playwright and screenwriter. He has received an Academy Award, two Tony Awards and the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for dramatic writing for Driving Miss Daisy. He is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers.


1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 Atlanta Trilogy 2.2 Additional theatre 2.3 Film

3 Personal life 4 References 5 External links

Early life[edit] Uhry was born in Atlanta, Georgia, the son of Alene (Fox), a social worker, and Ralph K. Uhry, a furniture designer and artist. He was born into a Jewish family with one sister, the author Ann Uhry Abrams.[1] Uhry graduated from Druid Hills High School in 1954 and subsequently graduated from Brown University[2] where he wrote two original musicals with Brownbrokers. Druid Hills High School's Uhry Theater is named in honor of Uhry. During his first years in New York City, learning the craft of lyric-writing, Uhry received a stipend from Frank Loesser;[2] after his eventual success, Uhry often praised Loesser's generosity and encouragement. Career[edit] Uhry's early work for the stage was as a lyricist and librettist for a number of commercially unsuccessful musicals, including a revival of Little Johnny Jones starring Donny Osmond (1982) which ran for one performance on Broadway.[3] His first collaboration with Robert Waldman was the 1968 musical Here's Where I Belong, which closed after one performance (and 20 previews) on Broadway.[4] They had considerably better success with The Robber Bridegroom, which premiered on Broadway in both 1975 and 1976,[5] had a year-long national tour, and garnered Uhry his first Tony Award nomination, for best book of a musical in 1976.[6] America's Sweetheart, with music by Robert Waldman and with the book co-written by Uhry with John Weidman, ran at the Hartford Stage, Hartford, Connecticut in March 1985 to April 1985, and then at the Coconut Grove Playhouse, Miami, Florida, where it closed.[7] The Robber Bridegroom was revived Off-Broadway in March 2016 at the Roundabout Theatre Company and directed by Alex Timbers.[8] This production won three Lucille Lortel Awards including Outstanding Revival.[9] Atlanta Trilogy[edit] Driving Miss Daisy (1987) is the first in what is known as his "Atlanta Trilogy" of plays, all set during the first half of the 20th century. Produced Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons, the play earned him the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.[10] It deals with the relationship between an elderly Jewish woman and her black chauffeur. He adapted it into the screenplay for a 1989 film starring Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman, an adaptation which was awarded the Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay, in addition to the Academy Award for Tandy as best actress.[11] The second of the trilogy, The Last Night of Ballyhoo (1996), is set in 1939 during the premiere of the film Gone with the Wind. It deals with a Jewish family during an important social event.[12] It was commissioned for the Cultural Olympiad in Atlanta which coincided with the 1996 Summer Olympics,[13] and received the Tony Award for Best Play when produced on Broadway in 1997.[14] The third is the 1998 musical Parade, about the 1913 trial of Jewish factory manager Leo Frank. The libretto earned him a Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical.[15] The music was written by Jason Robert Brown.[16] Additional theatre[edit] Uhry's play Edgardo Mine is based on the true story of Edgardo Mortara, an Italian child taken by police from his Jewish family in 1858 because one of their domestic servants had baptized him. The play, directed by Doug Hughes, opened at Hartford Stage, Hartford, Connecticut in November 2002.[17] The Manhattan Theatre Club produced Uhry's musical LoveMusik on Broadway in 2007. The story depicts the relationship between composer Kurt Weill and his wife, Lotte Lenya, using Weill's music.[18][19] Apples & Oranges premiered on October 10, 2012 at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta. This new play is about the rediscovery of a sibling relationship.[20] Angel Reapers, a collaboration with director/choreographer Martha Clarke, ran Off-Broadway at the Signature Theatre from February 2 to March 20, 2016.[21] This production won the Lucille Lortel Award for "Outstanding Alternative Theatrical Experience".[22] Film[edit] Uhry wrote the screenplay for the 1989 film version of Driving Miss Daisy[23] and for the 1993 film Rich in Love;[24] he co-wrote the screenplay for the 1988 film Mystic Pizza.[25] His next screenplay is for a film announced in 2009, From Swastika to Jim Crow, a dramatization of a documentary about Jewish professors who flee Nazi Germany, find posts in the Southern US, and identify with their African-American students and their struggle under Jim Crow. Personal life[edit] Uhry is married to Joanna Kellogg.[2] They have four daughters and live in New York City.[13] References[edit]

^ Pousner, Howard. "Alfred Uhry explores contentious sibling relationship in world premiere of 'Apples & Oranges'". Atlanta Journal Constitution. Retrieved 5 February 2016.  ^ a b c Harrison, Leah R. "Real Life Inspired Uhry’s Midlife Success" Jewish Times, December 1, 2015 ^ Little Johnny Jones Playbill, retrieved December 27, 2017 ^ Here's Where I Belong Playbill, retrieved December 27, 2017 ^ " 'The Robber Bridegroom' 1975" Playbill, retrieved December 27, 2017 ^ " 'The Robber Bridegroom' Awards" ibdb.com, retrieved December 27, 2017 ^ Dietz, Dan. " America's Sweetheart ", The Complete Book of 1980s Broadway Musicals, Rowman & Littlefield, 2016, ISBN 1442260920, p. 244 ^ Stasio, Marilyn. "Off Broadway Review: ‘The Robber Bridegroom’" Variety, March 13, 2016 ^ Staff. " 'FUTURITY', 'Guards at the Taj' and 'Robber Bridegroom' Earn Top Lucille Lortel Awards" Playbill, May 1, 2016 ^ "Pulitzer Prize 1988" pulitzer.org, retrieved December 27, 2017 ^ Reinhold, Robert. "'Driving Miss Daisy' Wins 4 Oscars, Including One for Jessica Tandy" The New York Times, March 27, 1990 ^ Evans, Greg. "Review. 'The Last Night of Ballyhoo'" Variety, March 8, 1997 ^ a b Witchel, Alex. "Theater. Remembering Prejudice, of a Different Sort" The New York Times, February 23, 1997 ^ The Last Night of Ballyhoo Playbill, retrieved December 27, 2017 ^ Jones, Kenneth. "1999 Tony Winner: Alfred Uhry (Book, 'Parade')" Playbill, June 6, 1999 ^ Simonson, Robert. "Brown-Uhry-Prince Musical 'Parade' to Close Feb. 28" Playbill, February 3, 1999 ^ Klein, Alvin. "Theater; Searching for a Faith That Is Based on Reason" The New York Times, November 3, 2002 ^ LoveMusik guidetomusicaltheatre.com, retrieved December 27, 2017 ^ Jones, Kenneth. "When You Speak Love: Cast Complete for 'LoveMusik', Broadway's Weill-Lenya Musical" Playbill, March 1, 2007 ^ "Alfred Uhry's 'Apples & Oranges' Makes Word Premiere at Atlanta's Alliance Theatre Tonight" broadwayworld.com, October 5, 2012 ^ Angel Reapers signaturetheatre.org, retrieved December 27, 2017 ^ "'Guards at the Taj,' 'Robber Bridegroom' Win Big at 2016 Lortel Awards" American Theatre, May 2, 2016 ^ Driving Miss Daisy tcm.com, retrieved December 27, 2017 ^ Rich in Love tcm.com, retrieved December 27, 2017 ^ Mystic Pizza tcm.com, retrieved December 27, 2017

External links[edit]

Alfred Uhry at the Internet Broadway Database Alfred Uhry on IMDb Alfred Uhry at the Internet Off-Broadway Database Alfred Uhry on Charlie Rose Works by or about Alfred Uhry in libraries (WorldCat catalog) "Alfred Uhry collected news and commentary". The New York Times.  Profile at the Fellowship of Southern Writers Interviewed by Paul Rudd for BOMB Magazine 2016 Lucille Lortel Awards Winners

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Pulitzer Prize for Drama: Authors

Jesse Lynch Williams (1918) Eugene O'Neill (1920) Zona Gale (1921) Eugene O'Neill (1922) Owen Davis (1923) Hatcher Hughes (1924) Sidney Howard (1925) George Kelly (1926) Paul Green (1927) Eugene O'Neill (1928) Elmer Rice (1929) Marc Connelly (1930) Susan Glaspell (1931) George S. Kaufman, Morrie Ryskind and Ira Gershwin (1932) Maxwell Anderson (1933) Sidney Kingsley (1934) Zoe Akins (1935) Robert E. Sherwood (1936) Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman (1937) Thornton Wilder (1938) Robert E. Sherwood (1939) William Saroyan (1940) Robert E. Sherwood (1941) Thornton Wilder (1943) Mary Chase (1945) Russel Crouse and Howard Lindsay (1946) Tennessee Williams (1948) Arthur Miller (1949) Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan (1950) Joseph Kramm (1952) William Inge (1953) John Patrick (1954) Tennessee Williams (1955) Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich (1956) Eugene O'Neill (1957) Ketti Frings (1958) Archibald MacLeish (1959) Jerome Weidman, George Abbott, Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick (1960) Tad Mosel (1961) Frank Loesser and Abe Burrows (1962) Frank D. Gilroy (1965) Edward Albee (1967) Howard Sackler (1969) Charles Gordone (1970) Paul Zindel (1971) Jason Miller (1973) Edward Albee (1975) Michael Bennett, Nicholas Dante, James Kirkwood Jr., Marvin Hamlisch and Edward Kleban (1976) Michael Cristofer (1977) Donald L. Coburn (1978) Sam Shepard (1979) Lanford Wilson (1980) Beth Henley (1981) Charles Fuller (1982) Marsha Norman (1983) David Mamet (1984) James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim (1985) August Wilson (1987) Alfred Uhry (1988) Wendy Wasserstein (1989) August Wilson (1990) Neil Simon (1991) Robert Schenkkan (1992) Tony Kushner (1993) Edward Albee (1994) Horton Foote (1995) Jonathan Larson (1996) Paula Vogel (1998) Margaret Edson (1999) Donald Margulies (2000) David Auburn (2001) Suzan-Lori Parks (2002) Nilo Cruz (2003) Doug Wright (2004) John Patrick Shanley (2005) David Lindsay-Abaire (2007) Tracy Letts (2008) Lynn Nottage (2009) Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey (2010) Bruce Norris (2011) Quiara Alegría Hudes (2012) Ayad Akhtar (2013) Annie Baker (2014) Stephen Adly Guirgis (2015) Lin-Manuel Miranda (2016) Lynn Nottage (2017)

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Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay


Benjamin Glazer (1928) Hanns Kräly (1929) Frances Marion (1930) Howard Estabrook (1931) Edwin J. Burke (1932) Victor Heerman and Sarah Y. Mason (1933) Robert Riskin (1934) Dudley Nichols (1935) Pierre Collings and Sheridan Gibney (1936) Heinz Herald, Geza Herczeg, and Norman Reilly Raine (1937) Ian Dalrymple, Cecil Arthur Lewis, W. P. Lipscomb, and George Bernard Shaw (1938) Sidney Howard (1939) Donald Ogden Stewart (1940) Sidney Buchman and Seton I. Miller (1941) George Froeschel, James Hilton, Claudine West, and Arthur Wimperis (1942) Philip G. Epstein, Julius J. Epstein, and Howard E. Koch (1943) Frank Butler, and Frank Cavett (1944) Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder (1945) Robert Sherwood (1946) George Seaton (1947) John Huston (1948) Joseph L. Mankiewicz (1949) Joseph L. Mankiewicz (1950)


Harry Brown and Michael Wilson (1951) Charles Schnee (1952) Daniel Taradash (1953) George Seaton (1954) Paddy Chayefsky (1955) John Farrow, S. J. Perelman, and James Poe (1956) Carl Foreman and Michael Wilson (1957) Alan Jay Lerner (1958) Neil Paterson (1959) Richard Brooks (1960) Abby Mann (1961) Horton Foote (1962) John Osborne (1963) Edward Anhalt (1964) Robert Bolt (1965) Robert Bolt (1966) Stirling Silliphant (1967) James Goldman (1968) Waldo Salt (1969) Ring Lardner Jr. (1970) Ernest Tidyman (1971) Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo (1972) William Peter Blatty (1973) Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo (1974) Bo Goldman and Lawrence Hauben (1975)


William Goldman (1976) Alvin Sargent (1977) Oliver Stone (1978) Robert Benton (1979) Alvin Sargent (1980) Ernest Thompson (1981) Costa-Gavras and Donald E. Stewart (1982) James L. Brooks (1983) Peter Shaffer (1984) Kurt Luedtke (1985) Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (1986) Bernardo Bertolucci and Mark Peploe (1987) Christopher Hampton (1988) Alfred Uhry (1989) Michael Blake (1990) Ted Tally (1991) Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (1992) Steven Zaillian (1993) Eric Roth (1994) Emma Thompson (1995) Billy Bob Thornton (1996) Curtis Hanson and Brian Helgeland (1997) Bill Condon (1998) John Irving (1999) Stephen Gaghan (2000)


Akiva Goldsman (2001) Ronald Harwood (2002) Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, and Fran Walsh (2003) Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor (2004) Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana (2005) William Monahan (2006) Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (2007) Simon Beaufoy (2008) Geoffrey S. Fletcher (2009) Aaron Sorkin (2010) Alexander Payne, Jim Rash, and Nat Faxon (2011) Chris Terrio (2012) John Ridley (2013) Graham Moore (2014) Adam McKay and Charles Randolph (2015) Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney (2016) James Ivory (2017)

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Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical


South Pacific by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan (1950) Hello, Dolly! by Michael Stewart (1964) Fiddler on the Roof by Joseph Stein (1965) Company by George Furth (1971) Two Gentlemen of Verona by John Guare and Mel Shapiro (1972) A Little Night Music by Hugh Wheeler (1973) Candide by Hugh Wheeler (1974) Shenandoah by James Lee Barrett, Peter Udell and Philip Rose (1975)


A Chorus Line by James Kirkwood Jr. and Nicholas Dante (1976) Annie by Thomas Meehan (1977) On the Twentieth Century by Betty Comden and Adolph Green (1978) Sweeney Todd by Hugh Wheeler (1979) Evita by Tim Rice (1980) Woman of the Year by Peter Stone (1981) Dreamgirls by Tom Eyen (1982) Cats by T. S. Eliot (1983) La Cage aux Folles by Harvey Fierstein (1984) Big River by William Hauptman (1985) Drood by Rupert Holmes (1986) Les Misérables by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg (1987) Into the Woods by James Lapine (1988) No Award (1989) City of Angels by Larry Gelbart (1990) The Secret Garden by Marsha Norman (1991) Falsettos by William Finn and James Lapine (1992) Kiss of the Spider Woman by Terrence McNally (1993) Passion by James Lapine (1994) Sunset Boulevard by Don Black and Christopher Hampton (1995) Rent by Jonathan Larson (1996) Titanic by Peter Stone (1997) Ragtime by Terrence McNally (1998) Parade by Alfred Uhry (1999) James Joyce's The Dead by Richard Nelson (2000)


The Producers by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan (2001) Urinetown by Greg Kotis (2002) Hairspray by Thomas Meehan and Mark O'Donnell (2003) Avenue Q by Jeff Whitty (2004) The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee by Rachel Sheinkin (2005) The Drowsy Chaperone by Bob Martin and Don McKellar (2006) Spring Awakening by Steven Sater (2007) Passing Strange by Stew (2008) Billy Elliot the Musical by Lee Hall (2009) Memphis by Joe DiPietro (2010) The Book of Mormon by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone (2011) Once by Enda Walsh (2012) Matilda the Musical by Dennis Kelly (2013) A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder by Robert L. Freedman (2014) Fun Home by Lisa Kron (2015) Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda (2016) Dear Evan Hansen by Steven Levenson (2017)

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Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical

George Furth (1970) Burt Shevelove (1971) John Guare and Mel Shapiro (1972) Hugh Wheeler (1973) Hugh Wheeler (1974) James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante (1976) Thomas Meehan (1977) Hugh Wheeler (1979) James Lapine (1984) Jerry Colker (1985) Rupert Holmes (1986) L. Arthur Rose, Douglas Furber, Stephen Fry and Mike Ockrent (1987) James Lapine (1988) Larry Gelbart (1990) Marsha Norman (1991) George C. Wolfe (1992) James Lapine (1994) Jonathan Larson (1996) Terrence McNally (1998) Alfred Uhry (1999) Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan (2001) John Lahr and Elaine Stritch (2002) Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan (2003) Winnie Holzman (2004) Rachel Sheinkin (2005) Bob Martin and Don McKellar (2006) Rupert Holmes and Peter Stone (2007) Douglas Carter Beane (2008) Lee Hall (2009) Alex Timbers (2010) Adam Mathias (2011) Joe DiPietro (2012) Dennis Kelly (2013) Robert L. Freedman (2014) Lin-Manuel Miranda (2015) John Caird (2016) Irene Sankoff and David Hein (2017)

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Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay

Adapted Drama (1969–1983, retired)

Waldo Salt (1969) Robert Anderson (1970) Ernest Tidyman (1971) Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo (1972) Waldo Salt and Norman Wexler (1973) Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo (1974) Bo Goldman and Lawrence Hauben (1975) William Goldman (1976) Denne Bart Petitclerc (1977) Oliver Stone (1978) Robert Benton (1979) Alvin Sargent (1980) Ernest Thompson (1981) Costa-Gavras and Donald E. Stewart (1982) Julius J. Epstein (1983)

Adapted Comedy (1969–1983, retired)

Arnold Schulman (1969) Ring Lardner Jr. (1970) John Paxton (1971) Jay Presson Allen (1972) Alvin Sargent (1973) Lionel Chetwynd and Mordecai Richler (1974) Neil Simon (1975) Blake Edwards and Frank Waldman (1976) Larry Gelbart (1977) Elaine May and Warren Beatty / Bernard Slade (1978) Jerzy Kosiński (1979) Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, and Jerry Zucker (1980) Gerard Ayres (1981) Blake Edwards (1982) James L. Brooks (1983)

Adapted Screenplay (1984–present)

Bruce Robinson (1984) Richard Condon and Janet Roach (1985) Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (1986) Steve Martin (1987) Christopher Hampton (1988) Alfred Uhry (1989) Michael Blake (1990) Ted Tally (1991) Michael Tolkin (1992) Steven Zaillian (1993) Eric Roth (1994) Emma Thompson (1995) Billy Bob Thornton (1996) Curtis Hanson and Brian Helgeland (1997) Scott Frank (1998) Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor (1999) Stephen Gaghan (2000) Akiva Goldsman (2001) David Hare (2002) Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini (2003) Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor (2004) Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana (2005) William Monahan (2006) Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (2007) Simon Beaufoy (2008) Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner (2009) Aaron Sorkin (2010) Alexander Payne, Jim Rash, and Nat Faxon (2011) Chris Terrio (2012) Billy Ray (2013) Graham Moore (2014) Adam McKay and Charles Randolph (2015) Eric Heisserer (2016) James Ivory (2017)

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