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Jason Robert Brown
Jason Robert Brown
(born June 20, 1970) is an American musical theatre composer, lyricist, and playwright. Brown's music sensibility fuses pop-rock stylings with theatrical lyrics.[1] An accomplished pianist, Brown has often served as music director, conductor, orchestrator, and pianist for his own productions. He has won Tony Awards for his work on Parade and The Bridges of Madison County.

Contents

1 Career 2 Current projects 3 Musical style 4 Personal life 5 Major works 6 Other works 7 Awards and nominations 8 Recordings 9 References 10 External links

Career[edit] Brown grew up in the suburbs of New York City, and attended the Eastman School of Music
Eastman School of Music
in Rochester, New York
Rochester, New York
for 2 years.[2] During summer, he attended French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts in Hancock, New York. He said Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Sunday in the Park with George
Sunday in the Park with George
were two of his biggest influences, and had it not been for them, he would have joined a rock band and tried to be Billy Joel.[3] He began his career in New York City
New York City
as an arranger, conductor, and pianist, working on shows such as William Finn's A New Brain, and playing at several nightclubs and piano bars in the city. Songs for a New World marked the first major New York production of Brown's songs. An off-Broadway revue with a limited run, the show was directed by Daisy Prince, daughter of director/producer Hal Prince, and featured the 25-year-old Brown's pop-rock-influenced music.[4] The song "Stars and the Moon" has since become a cabaret standard, and is probably Brown's best-known composition to date.[5] Brown was introduced to Harold Prince through his association with Daisy Prince, and was hired to write songs for the Broadway musical Parade, based on the trial and lynching of Leo Frank. Parade, directed by Hal Prince, and with a book by Alfred Uhry, won Brown the 1999 Tony Award for Best Original Musical Score.[6] During this production, Livent, one of the producers of Parade, pulled out after reviews were not as positive as they'd hoped. RCA Victor, the other major producer, decided it would pull out as well. Brown said of the event in 1999, " Livent dropped out shortly after the reviews came out. They announced they would not spend another dime on the show. RCA had an agreement to record all of Livent's shows. But when Livent pulled out of 'Parade,' the RCA higher-ups said they were pulling out, too. I had to go to Billy Rosenfield and ask him: 'What if we pay for this record and you just distribute it?' Billy said, 'Sure.'" Brown had to try to scrounge money from every corner, "In the end, RCA put in $25,000, Lincoln Center put in a big chunk, around $200,000, including the producer Scott Rudin's $25,000, and there was a contribution from the Gilman and Gonzalez-Falla foundation, which has helped support a lot of musical theatre composers over the years, of $40,000. Even Roy Furman, the new guy at Livent, gave us a little money. Somehow, we pulled it together." Livent also was struggling at the time because the company had mishandled funds while allying for bankruptcy protection.[7] Brown went back to working with Daisy Prince for his third major show The Last Five Years, for which he wrote the book as well as songs. Inspired by his own failed first marriage, the show is a two-person musical which tells the history of a relationship from two different perspectives. The male's narrative begins at the beginning of the story and progresses through marriage, infidelity, and divorce, while the female narrative begins at the end of the relationship and ends with the couple's first date; the two actors' only direct interaction takes place midpoint, during the wedding sequence.[8] The original Chicago cast consisted of Norbert Leo Butz
Norbert Leo Butz
and Lauren Kennedy, with Sherie Rene Scott
Sherie Rene Scott
over the New York run. The Last Five Years
The Last Five Years
received mixed critical reviews and was not a commercial success, lasting only two months off-Broadway, although Brown garnered 2 Drama Desk Awards for music and lyrics. Additionally, due to the cast recording featuring Scott and Butz, the show has gained popularity among contemporary musical theatre aficionados and is an oft-performed piece in regional and community theatres.[9][10] A film version of the show, featuring Anna Kendrick
Anna Kendrick
and Jeremy Jordan, was released in February 2015.[11] Brown contributed several songs to the Broadway flop Urban Cowboy. He had worked as an orchestrator with director Phillip Oesterman on the Off-Broadway musical New York Rock, and Oesterman called on him to help him out with Urban Cowboy. Urban Cowboy had been denied the use of the Clint Black
Clint Black
catalog, and Brown came in and wrote a few songs (with help from director Lonny Price, who replaced Oesterman after he died).[12] The show was nominated, with 30 other composers, for the 2003 Tony Award
Tony Award
for best Musical Score, losing out to Hairspray.[6][13] In June 2005, Brown released a solo album, entitled Wearing Someone Else's Clothes.[14] In December 2005, his Chanukah Suite received its world premiere with two performances by the Los Angeles Master Chorale at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.[15] He also teaches courses in musical theatre performance and composition at the University of Southern California. Brown is an active performer of his own work, singing and playing the piano with or without his band, the Caucasian Rhythm Kings (Gary Sieger, guitar, and Randy Landau, bass).[10] Brown's tween-oriented musical 13 premiered at the Mark Taper Forum
Mark Taper Forum
in Los Angeles, CA on January 7, 2007. It opened on Broadway October 5, 2008 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, and closed on January 4, 2009.[2][6] His Bridges of Madison County, a musical adaption of the film with Marsha Norman[16] premiered at the Williamstown Theatre Festival
Williamstown Theatre Festival
on August 1, 2013. Directed by Bartlett Sher, the cast featured Elena Shaddow as Francesca and Steven Pasquale.[17] The musical opened on Broadway on February 27, 2014, at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, starring Kelli O'Hara
Kelli O'Hara
as Francesca.[18] According to Brown, Brian Lowdermilk used to be an assistant to him.[19] Brown has recently publicized his personal efforts to discourage the unauthorized online sharing of his copyrighted sheet music via an e-mail conversation with a teenager named Eleanor.[19] Current projects[edit]

Brown at a 2013 CD signing with Adam Kantor
Adam Kantor
and Betsy Wolfe, the cast of the 2013 off-Broadway revival of The Last Five Years.

Current projects include adapting a French musical with Alfred Uhry for Kathleen Marshall, a screenplay for a film version of 13, and releasing a solo album in the summer of 2011.[16] One of his songs, entitled "Another Life", is featured on Kelli O'Hara's 2011 album Always.[20] A film adaptation of his popular musical The Last Five Years starring Anna Kendrick
Anna Kendrick
and Jeremy Jordan was completed in July 2013, first shown at the Toronto Film Festival in September 2014, and was released on Valentine's Day, 2015; the movie soundtrack on Sh-K-Boom Records was released February 10, 2015.[21] The film was directed by PS, I Love You director, Richard LaGravenese.[22] Musical style[edit] Brown has many trademarks in his composing style, which is often rhythmically dynamic and harmonically unconventional, calling for a wide vocal range. His vocal lines often include internal rhymes, as well as melodic phrases which do not adhere to a predictable 4-measure length. He favors songs in written in AABA' form, with some exceptions to this form in his show Parade. Perhaps most characteristic are his love duets; all five ("I'd Give it All for You" from Songs for a New World, "All the Wasted Time" from Parade, "The Next Ten Minutes" from The Last Five Years, "Tell Her" from 13, and "One Second And A Million Miles" from The Bridges of Madison County) are written in a very distinct format: male-female-both, compound time in the duet section (two using hemiola), and four of the five end with the couple singing the same pitch.[23] Brown is cited by Mark Shenton
Mark Shenton
as one of the leading new theatrical composers (a list that includes Michael John LaChiusa, Adam Guettel, Andrew Lippa, and Jeanine Tesori, among others).[24] Personal life[edit] Brown was born in Ossining, New York. He was raised Jewish.[25] He was previously married to Theresa O'Neil, and their failed marriage inspired his musical The Last Five Years.[26] Since 2003, Brown has been married to fellow composer Georgia Stitt.[27] Together, they have two daughters.[28] Major works[edit]

New York, 2013.

Songs For a New World
Songs For a New World
– Ran Off-Broadway at the WPA Theatre, October 11 – November 5, 1995. Also conducted, played piano, and sang one line in the last song.[29] Parade – Ran on Broadway from December 17, 1998 to February 28, 1999. Won the Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Score, and a Drama Desk Award for Best Music. Also plays piano on the cast recording. The Last Five Years
The Last Five Years
– Ran Off-Broadway from March 3, 2002 to May 5, 2002. Won Drama Desk Awards for Best Music and Best Lyrics, and nominated for Outstanding Orchestrations. Also wrote the book, conducted, and played piano. In 2014, a movie was made starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan. Urban Cowboy – Ran on Broadway from March 27, 2003 to May 18, 2003. Tony-Nominated for Best Original Score. Brown contributed five songs to the score of the musical. Also orchestrated, arranged, music directed, conducted, played keyboards, and sang. Wearing Someone Else's Clothes
Wearing Someone Else's Clothes
– 2005 – Brown's solo debut album, composed entirely of tracks which were previously unreleased, some of which were cut songs from shows or written for shows which were never finished, and some of which were written as stand-alone songs for the album. The album features his vocals and compositions on every song, and his arrangements and musicianship on almost every track. Chanukah Suite – 2005 – an 8-minute chorale fanfare in three parts, featuring traditional Hebrew songs infused with up-tempo rock and roll rhythms and Leonard Bernstein
Leonard Bernstein
inspired chordal flavors. 13, Composer. Premiered January 7, 2007, at the Mark Taper Forum
Mark Taper Forum
in Los Angeles, California and subsequently opened on Broadway at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, running from October 5, 2008 to January 4, 2009 after 22 previews and 105 regular performances.[30] The Bridges of Madison County – Stage adaptation of the novel. Jason Robert Brown has written the music and lyrics with a book by Marsha Norman. The musical played an out-of-town tryout at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in August 2013. It opened on Broadway at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on January 17, 2014 (in previews) and officially on February 20, 2014. The production closed on May 18, 2014 after 137 performances due to low ticket sales. He won two 2014 Tony Awards, one for Best Original Score and one for Best Orchestrations.[31] Honeymoon in Vegas – Brown has written a stage adaption of the motion picture of the same name, with the book written by Andrew Bergman. The Broadway production was originally scheduled to debut in Toronto in November 2012, but was canceled. Performances began on September 26, 2013, for the out-of-town tryout at the Paper Mill Playhouse starring Tony Danza
Tony Danza
and Rob McClure. The Broadway production starring Danza and McClure opened at the Nederlander Theatre
Nederlander Theatre
on January 15, 2015, before closing on April 5, 2015, due to insufficient ticket sales. Jason's Song (Gave It Away)
Jason's Song (Gave It Away)
– When Brown was in L.A. for a couple of weeks, Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande
asked him to write a song for a new album. Since they have worked together before (in the Original Broadway Cast of 13), Brown agreed to help. Months later, their track was released on Grande's extended edition of Dangerous Woman.

Other works[edit]

The Waverly Gallery – Off-Broadway run from March 22, 2000 to May 21, 2000 at the Promenade Theatre. Play by The Waverley Gallery, with music by Brown.[32] John and Jen
John and Jen
– Orchestrations[5] A New Brain
A New Brain
– Vocal arrangements/additional musician[5] New York Rock – Orchestrations[5] The Trumpet of the Swan, 2011 – Composer
Composer
and conductor for stage adaptation by Marsha Norman

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result

1999 Tony Award Best Original Score Parade Won

Drama Desk Award Outstanding New Musical Won

Outstanding Music Won

Outstanding Lyrics Nominated

New York Drama Critics' Circle
New York Drama Critics' Circle
Award Best Musical Won

2002 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Music The Last Five Years Won

Outstanding Lyrics Won

Outstanding Orchestrations Nominated

2009 Outstanding Lyrics 13 Nominated

2014 Tony Award Best Original Score The Bridges of Madison County Won

Best Orchestrations Won

Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Music Won

Outstanding Lyrics Nominated

Outstanding Orchestrations Won

Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding New Score Won

2015 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Music Honeymoon in Vegas Nominated

Outstanding Lyrics Nominated

Outstanding Orchestrations Nominated

Recordings[edit] Original cast recordings were made for Songs for a New World, Parade, The Last Five Years, 13, The Bridges of Madison County, and Honeymoon in Vegas. "Stars and the Moon" has been recorded many times, including on Audra McDonald's Way Back to Paradise and Betty Buckley's Stars and the Moon: Live at the Donmar.[5] Actress Lauren Kennedy, who originated the role of Cathy in the Chicago production of The Last Five Years, released Songs of Jason Robert Brown, featuring Brown's compositions from his previous shows, as well as several previously unreleased songs.[33] References[edit]

^ Holden, Stephen."Drive and Insecurity Meet, Creating Sparks at the Piano"The New York Times, June 29, 2005 ^ a b Weber, Bruce."If Only the Cool Kids Could See Him Now (at Least Hear His Songs)"The New York Times, October 1, 2008 ^ Brown, Jason Robert (2008). "Nicely done, schmuck". The Sondheim Review. Sondheim Review, Inc. XVI (4): 25. ISSN 1076-450X.  ^ 'Songs for a New World' listing Archived 2015-10-01 at the Wayback Machine. lortel.org, accessed February 1, 2010 ^ a b c d e "Jason Robert Brown". Archived from the original on 2014-02-19.  ^ a b c Internet Broadway Database
Internet Broadway Database
listing, Brown ibdb.com, accessed February 1, 2011 ^ "THEATER; Trying to Keep the Sound of Musicals Alive – New York Times". Nytimes.com. 1999-08-29. Retrieved 2014-07-04.  ^ Sommer, Elyse "A CurtainUp Review, 'The Last 5 Years' " curtainup.com, March 5, 2002 ^ 'The Last Five Years' listing lortel.org, accessed February 1, 2010 ^ a b Holden, Stephen."A Composer
Composer
Sells His Songs and Himself"The New York Times, February 12, 2007 ^ Gioia, Michael. "Jeremy Jordan and Anna Kendrick
Anna Kendrick
Will Explore The Last Five Years On Screen in Richard LaGravenese
Richard LaGravenese
Adaptation". Archived from the original on 2013-02-24. Retrieved 2013-03-08.  ^ "ATW's Working in the Theatre #311 Production: "Urban Cowboy" (Spring 2003) Extended". YouTube. Retrieved 2014-07-04.  ^ Simonson, Robert."Urban Cowboy to Close on Broadway March 29; Will Tour in 2004", playbill.com, March 28, 2003 ^ "Wearing Someone Else's Clothes" listing amazon.com, accessed February 1, 2010 ^ Notes for Chanukah Suite seattlechoralcompany.org, ca 2009, accessed February 1, 2010 ^ a b " Jason Robert Brown
Jason Robert Brown
to Bring '13' 'The Last Five Years' to Screen More" broadwayworld.com, December 27, 2010 ^ Hetrick, Adam. " 'The Bridges of Madison County', Starring Steven Pasquale and Elena Shaddow, Premieres at Williamstown" Archived 2013-08-03 at the Wayback Machine. playbill.com, August 1, 2013 ^ Hetrick, Adam. " 'The Bridges of Madison County', Starring Kelli O'Hara and Steven Pasquale, Sets Broadway Opening Night" Playbill, August 20, 2013 ^ a b "Fighting With Teenagers: A Copyright Story". Jason Robert Brown. Retrieved 2014-07-04.  ^ "Kelli OHara" broadwayworld.com, April 29, 2010 ^ Sh-k-boom.com ^ Gioia, Michael. "Jeremy Jordan and Anna Kendrick
Anna Kendrick
Will Explore The Last Five Years On Screen in Richard LaGravenese
Richard LaGravenese
Adaptation". Archived from the original on 2013-02-24. Retrieved 2013-03-08.  ^ Nisbet, I. (2014), ‘“Don’t Ya Think That’s Pretty Music?” – Jason Robert Brown’s melodic construction from Songs for a New World to The Last Five Years’, Studies in Musical Theatre 8: 3, pp. 239–255, doi: 10.1386/smt.8.3.239_1 ^ Shenton, Mark."Broadways Young(er) Composers"The Stage, December 7, 2005 ^ " Composer
Composer
Jason Robert Brown". DC Theatre Scene. 2008-10-31. Retrieved 2014-07-04.  ^ Vogel, Scott. "A Young Composer's Wonder 'Years'". Washington Post. The Washington Post Company. Retrieved 14 March 2017.  ^ "Weddings/Celebrations; Georgia Stitt, Jason Robert Brown" The New York Times, October 19, 2003 ^ BWW News Desk." Jason Robert Brown
Jason Robert Brown
and Georgia Stitt Welcome A Baby Girl!" Archived 2009-10-24 at the Wayback Machine. broadwayworld.com, October 21, 2009 ^ "'Songs for a New World' Listing" Archived 2015-10-01 at the Wayback Machine. Internet Off-Broadway Database, accessed September 30, 2015 ^ "Jason Robert Brown's 13 Announces Broadway Closing Date". Archived from the original on 2008-12-19.  ^ "The Tony Award
Tony Award
Nominees – Shows – TonyAwards.com – The American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards® – Official Website by IBM". TonyAwards.com. 2014-02-18. Retrieved 2014-07-04.  ^ "The Waverly Gallery – 2000 Off-Broadway – Backstage". Broadwayworld.com. Retrieved 2014-07-04.  ^ "Songs of Jason Robert Brown: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2014-07-04. 

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Jason Robert Brown.

Jason Robert Brown's Official Website Jason Robert Brown
Jason Robert Brown
at the Internet Broadway Database
Internet Broadway Database
Internet Off-Broadway Database Production: Urban Cowboy – Working in the Theatre Seminar video at American Theatre Wing.org, April 2003 Parade to Make West End Premiere in 2007 BroadwayWorld.com interview with Jason Robert Brown, August 16, 2007

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Musicals by Jason Robert Brown

Songs for a New World Parade The Last Five Years Urban Cowboy 13 The Bridges of Madison County Honeymoon in Vegas

Awards for Jason Robert Brown

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Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Original Score

1947-1975

Street Scene by Kurt Weill
Kurt Weill
(1947) Kiss Me, Kate
Kiss Me, Kate
by Cole Porter
Cole Porter
(1949) South Pacific by Richard Rodgers
Richard Rodgers
(1950) Call Me Madam
Call Me Madam
by Irving Berlin
Irving Berlin
(1951) No Strings
No Strings
by Richard Rodgers
Richard Rodgers
(1962) Oliver!
Oliver!
by Lionel Bart
Lionel Bart
(1963) Hello, Dolly! by Jerry Herman
Jerry Herman
(1964) Fiddler on the Roof
Fiddler on the Roof
by Jerry Bock
Jerry Bock
and Sheldon Harnick
Sheldon Harnick
(1965) Man of La Mancha
Man of La Mancha
by Mitch Leigh
Mitch Leigh
and Joe Darion (1966) Cabaret by John Kander and Fred Ebb
Fred Ebb
(1967) Hallelujah, Baby!
Hallelujah, Baby!
by Jule Styne, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green
Adolph Green
(1968) Company by Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim
(1971) Follies
Follies
by Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim
(1972) A Little Night Music
A Little Night Music
by Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim
(1973) Gigi by Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner
Alan Jay Lerner
(1974) The Wiz
The Wiz
by Charlie Smalls
Charlie Smalls
(1975)

1976-2000

A Chorus Line
A Chorus Line
by Marvin Hamlisch
Marvin Hamlisch
and Edward Kleban (1976) Annie by Charles Strouse
Charles Strouse
and Martin Charnin (1977) On the Twentieth Century by Cy Coleman, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green (1978) Sweeney Todd
Sweeney Todd
by Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim
(1979) Evita by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Andrew Lloyd Webber
and Tim Rice
Tim Rice
(1980) Woman of the Year by John Kander and Fred Ebb
Fred Ebb
(1981) Nine by Maury Yeston (1982) Cats by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Andrew Lloyd Webber
and T. S. Eliot
T. S. Eliot
(1983) La Cage aux Folles by Jerry Herman
Jerry Herman
(1984) Big River by Roger Miller
Roger Miller
(1985) Drood
Drood
by Rupert Holmes (1986) Les Misérables by Claude-Michel Schönberg, Herbert Kretzmer, and Alain Boublil (1987) Into the Woods
Into the Woods
by Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim
(1988) City of Angels by Cy Coleman
Cy Coleman
and David Zippel (1990) The Will Rogers Follies
Follies
by Cy Coleman, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green (1991) Falsettos by William Finn
William Finn
(1992) Kiss of the Spider Woman by John Kander and Fred Ebb
Fred Ebb
/ The Who's Tommy by Pete Townshend
Pete Townshend
(1993) Passion by Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim
(1994) Sunset Boulevard by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Don Black, and Christopher Hampton (1995) Rent by Jonathan Larson (1996) Titanic by Maury Yeston (1997) Ragtime by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens (1998) Parade by Jason Robert Brown
Jason Robert Brown
(1999) Aida by Elton John
Elton John
and Tim Rice
Tim Rice
(2000)

2001-present

The Producers by Mel Brooks
Mel Brooks
(2001) Urinetown
Urinetown
by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis (2002) Hairspray by Marc Shaiman
Marc Shaiman
and Scott Wittman (2003) Avenue Q
Avenue Q
by Robert Lopez
Robert Lopez
and Jeff Marx
Jeff Marx
(2004) The Light in the Piazza by Adam Guettel
Adam Guettel
(2005) The Drowsy Chaperone
The Drowsy Chaperone
by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison (2006) Spring Awakening by Duncan Sheik
Duncan Sheik
and Steven Sater (2007) In the Heights
In the Heights
by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Lin-Manuel Miranda
(2008) Next to Normal
Next to Normal
by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey (2009) Memphis by David Bryan
David Bryan
and Joe DiPietro (2010) The Book of Mormon by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez
Robert Lopez
and Matt Stone
Matt Stone
(2011) Newsies by Alan Menken
Alan Menken
and Jack Feldman (2012) Kinky Boots by Cyndi Lauper
Cyndi Lauper
(2013) The Bridges of Madison County by Jason Robert Brown
Jason Robert Brown
(2014) Fun Home by Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron (2015) Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Lin-Manuel Miranda
(2016) Dear Evan Hansen
Dear Evan Hansen
by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (2017)

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Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Original Score

1947-1975

Street Scene by Kurt Weill
Kurt Weill
(1947) Kiss Me, Kate
Kiss Me, Kate
by Cole Porter
Cole Porter
(1949) South Pacific by Richard Rodgers
Richard Rodgers
(1950) Call Me Madam
Call Me Madam
by Irving Berlin
Irving Berlin
(1951) No Strings
No Strings
by Richard Rodgers
Richard Rodgers
(1962) Oliver!
Oliver!
by Lionel Bart
Lionel Bart
(1963) Hello, Dolly! by Jerry Herman
Jerry Herman
(1964) Fiddler on the Roof
Fiddler on the Roof
by Jerry Bock
Jerry Bock
and Sheldon Harnick
Sheldon Harnick
(1965) Man of La Mancha
Man of La Mancha
by Mitch Leigh
Mitch Leigh
and Joe Darion (1966) Cabaret by John Kander and Fred Ebb
Fred Ebb
(1967) Hallelujah, Baby!
Hallelujah, Baby!
by Jule Styne, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green
Adolph Green
(1968) Company by Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim
(1971) Follies
Follies
by Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim
(1972) A Little Night Music
A Little Night Music
by Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim
(1973) Gigi by Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner
Alan Jay Lerner
(1974) The Wiz
The Wiz
by Charlie Smalls
Charlie Smalls
(1975)

1976-2000

A Chorus Line
A Chorus Line
by Marvin Hamlisch
Marvin Hamlisch
and Edward Kleban (1976) Annie by Charles Strouse
Charles Strouse
and Martin Charnin (1977) On the Twentieth Century by Cy Coleman, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green (1978) Sweeney Todd
Sweeney Todd
by Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim
(1979) Evita by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Andrew Lloyd Webber
and Tim Rice
Tim Rice
(1980) Woman of the Year by John Kander and Fred Ebb
Fred Ebb
(1981) Nine by Maury Yeston (1982) Cats by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Andrew Lloyd Webber
and T. S. Eliot
T. S. Eliot
(1983) La Cage aux Folles by Jerry Herman
Jerry Herman
(1984) Big River by Roger Miller
Roger Miller
(1985) Drood
Drood
by Rupert Holmes (1986) Les Misérables by Claude-Michel Schönberg, Herbert Kretzmer, and Alain Boublil (1987) Into the Woods
Into the Woods
by Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim
(1988) City of Angels by Cy Coleman
Cy Coleman
and David Zippel (1990) The Will Rogers Follies
Follies
by Cy Coleman, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green (1991) Falsettos by William Finn
William Finn
(1992) Kiss of the Spider Woman by John Kander and Fred Ebb
Fred Ebb
/ The Who's Tommy by Pete Townshend
Pete Townshend
(1993) Passion by Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim
(1994) Sunset Boulevard by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Don Black, and Christopher Hampton (1995) Rent by Jonathan Larson (1996) Titanic by Maury Yeston (1997) Ragtime by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens (1998) Parade by Jason Robert Brown
Jason Robert Brown
(1999) Aida by Elton John
Elton John
and Tim Rice
Tim Rice
(2000)

2001-present

The Producers by Mel Brooks
Mel Brooks
(2001) Urinetown
Urinetown
by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis (2002) Hairspray by Marc Shaiman
Marc Shaiman
and Scott Wittman (2003) Avenue Q
Avenue Q
by Robert Lopez
Robert Lopez
and Jeff Marx
Jeff Marx
(2004) The Light in the Piazza by Adam Guettel
Adam Guettel
(2005) The Drowsy Chaperone
The Drowsy Chaperone
by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison (2006) Spring Awakening by Duncan Sheik
Duncan Sheik
and Steven Sater (2007) In the Heights
In the Heights
by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Lin-Manuel Miranda
(2008) Next to Normal
Next to Normal
by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey (2009) Memphis by David Bryan
David Bryan
and Joe DiPietro (2010) The Book of Mormon by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez
Robert Lopez
and Matt Stone
Matt Stone
(2011) Newsies by Alan Menken
Alan Menken
and Jack Feldman (2012) Kinky Boots by Cyndi Lauper
Cyndi Lauper
(2013) The Bridges of Madison County by Jason Robert Brown
Jason Robert Brown
(2014) Fun Home by Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron (2015) Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Lin-Manuel Miranda
(2016) Dear Evan Hansen
Dear Evan Hansen
by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (2017)

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Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Orchestrations

Jonathan Tunick (1997) William David Brohn (1998) Ralph Burns
Ralph Burns
and Doug Besterman (1999) Don Sebesky (2000) Doug Besterman (2001) Doug Besterman and Ralph Burns
Ralph Burns
(2002) Billy Joel
Billy Joel
and Stuart Malina (2003) Michael Starobin (2004) Ted Sperling, Adam Guettel
Adam Guettel
and Bruce Coughlin (2005) Sarah Travis (2006) Duncan Sheik
Duncan Sheik
(2007) Alex Lacamoire and Bill Sherman (2008) Martin Koch / Michael Starobin and Tom Kitt (2009) Daryl Waters and David Bryan
David Bryan
(2010) Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus
Stephen Oremus
(2011) Martin Lowe (2012) Stephen Oremus
Stephen Oremus
(2013) Jason Robert Brown
Jason Robert Brown
(2014) Christopher Austin, Don Sebesky and Bill Elliot (2015) Alex Lacamoire (2016) Alex Lacamoire (2017)

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Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lyrics

Fred Ebb
Fred Ebb
(1969) Stephen Sondheim/ Bertolt Brecht
Bertolt Brecht
(1970) Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim
(1971) John Guare
John Guare
(1972) Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim
(1973) Al Carmines (1974) Charlie Smalls
Charlie Smalls
(1975) Edward Kleban (1976) Martin Charnin (1977) Carol Hall (1978) Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim
(1979) Tim Rice
Tim Rice
(1980) Stephen Sondheim/ Maury Yeston (1982) Howard Ashman (1983) Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim
(1984) Roger Miller
Roger Miller
(1985) Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim
(1988) David Zippel (1990) William Finn
William Finn
(1991) Susan Birkenhead (1992) Denis Markell and Douglas Bernstein (1993) Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim
(1994) Jonathan Larson (1996) Gerard Alessandrini
Gerard Alessandrini
(1997) Lynn Ahrens (1998) Gerard Alessandrini
Gerard Alessandrini
(1999) Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim
(2000) Mel Brooks
Mel Brooks
(2001) Jason Robert Brown
Jason Robert Brown
(2002) Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman
Marc Shaiman
(2003) Stephen Schwartz (2004) Eric Idle
Eric Idle
(2005) Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison (2006) Steven Sater (2007) Stew (2008) Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim
(2009) John Kander and Fred Ebb
Fred Ebb
(2010) Trey Parker, Robert Lopez
Robert Lopez
and Matt Stone
Matt Stone
(2011) Glen Hansard
Glen Hansard
and Markéta Irglová
Markéta Irglová
(2012) Tim Minchin
Tim Minchin
(2013) Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak (2014) Lin-Manuel Miranda
Lin-Manuel Miranda
(2015) Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (2016) David Yazbek (2017)

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Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music

Al Carmines/ Burt Bacharach
Burt Bacharach
(1969) Stephen Sondheim/ Kurt Weill
Kurt Weill
(1970) Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim
(1971) Galt MacDermot (1972) Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim
(1973) Al Carmines (1974) Charlie Smalls
Charlie Smalls
(1975) Marvin Hamlisch
Marvin Hamlisch
(1976) Cy Coleman
Cy Coleman
(1977) Cy Coleman/ Carol Hall (1978) Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim
(1979) Andrew Lloyd Webber
Andrew Lloyd Webber
(1980) Maury Yeston (1982) Andrew Lloyd Webber
Andrew Lloyd Webber
(1983) Jerry Herman
Jerry Herman
(1984) Larry Grossman (1985) Rupert Holmes (1986) Noel Gay/ Claude-Michel Schönberg (1987) Andrew Lloyd Webber
Andrew Lloyd Webber
(1988) Cy Coleman
Cy Coleman
(1990) Cy Coleman
Cy Coleman
(1991) Erik Frandsen, Michael Garin, Paul Lockheart and Robert Hipkins (1992) Marvin Hamlisch
Marvin Hamlisch
(1993) Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim
(1994) Jonathan Larson (1996) Cy Coleman
Cy Coleman
(1997) Stephen Flaherty (1998) Jason Robert Brown
Jason Robert Brown
(1999) Andrew Lippa
Andrew Lippa
(2000) David Yazbek (2001) Jason Robert Brown
Jason Robert Brown
(2002) Marc Shaiman
Marc Shaiman
(2003) Jeanine Tesori (2004) Adam Guettel
Adam Guettel
(2005) Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison (2006) Duncan Sheik
Duncan Sheik
(2007) Stew and Heidi Rodewald (2008) Elton John
Elton John
(2009) David Bryan
David Bryan
(2010) Trey Parker, Robert Lopez
Robert Lopez
and Matt Stone
Matt Stone
(2011) Alan Menken
Alan Menken
(2012) David Byrne
David Byrne
and Fatboy Slim
Fatboy Slim
(2013) Jason Robert Brown
Jason Robert Brown
(2014) Lin-Manuel Miranda
Lin-Manuel Miranda
(2015) Steve Martin
Steve Martin
and Edie Brickell
Edie Brickell
(2016) David Yazbek (2017)

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Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music

Al Carmines/ Burt Bacharach
Burt Bacharach
(1969) Stephen Sondheim/ Kurt Weill
Kurt Weill
(1970) Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim
(1971) Galt MacDermot (1972) Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim
(1973) Al Carmines (1974) Charlie Smalls
Charlie Smalls
(1975) Marvin Hamlisch
Marvin Hamlisch
(1976) Cy Coleman
Cy Coleman
(1977) Cy Coleman/ Carol Hall (1978) Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim
(1979) Andrew Lloyd Webber
Andrew Lloyd Webber
(1980) Maury Yeston (1982) Andrew Lloyd Webber
Andrew Lloyd Webber
(1983) Jerry Herman
Jerry Herman
(1984) Larry Grossman (1985) Rupert Holmes (1986) Noel Gay/ Claude-Michel Schönberg (1987) Andrew Lloyd Webber
Andrew Lloyd Webber
(1988) Cy Coleman
Cy Coleman
(1990) Cy Coleman
Cy Coleman
(1991) Erik Frandsen, Michael Garin, Paul Lockheart and Robert Hipkins (1992) Marvin Hamlisch
Marvin Hamlisch
(1993) Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim
(1994) Jonathan Larson (1996) Cy Coleman
Cy Coleman
(1997) Stephen Flaherty (1998) Jason Robert Brown
Jason Robert Brown
(1999) Andrew Lippa
Andrew Lippa
(2000) David Yazbek (2001) Jason Robert Brown
Jason Robert Brown
(2002) Marc Shaiman
Marc Shaiman
(2003) Jeanine Tesori (2004) Adam Guettel
Adam Guettel
(2005) Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison (2006) Duncan Sheik
Duncan Sheik
(2007) Stew and Heidi Rodewald (2008) Elton John
Elton John
(2009) David Bryan
David Bryan
(2010) Trey Parker, Robert Lopez
Robert Lopez
and Matt Stone
Matt Stone
(2011) Alan Menken
Alan Menken
(2012) David Byrne
David Byrne
and Fatboy Slim
Fatboy Slim
(2013) Jason Robert Brown
Jason Robert Brown
(2014) Lin-Manuel Miranda
Lin-Manuel Miranda
(2015) Steve Martin
Steve Martin
and Edie Brickell
Edie Brickell
(2016) David Yazbek (2017)

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Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Orchestrations

Michael Gibson / Hans Spialek (1983) Michael Starobin (1984) Steven Margoshes and Danny Troob (1985) Rupert Holmes (1986) John Cameron (1987) David Cullen and Andrew Lloyd Webber
Andrew Lloyd Webber
(1988) Billy Byers (1990) William David Brohn (1991) Luther Henderson (1992) Jose Libertella and Luis Stazo (1993) Jonathan Tunick (1994) Steve Skinner (1996) Jonathan Tunick (1997) William David Brohn (1998) Don Sebesky (1999) Don Sebesky (2000) Doug Besterman (2001) Doug Besterman and Ralph Burns
Ralph Burns
(2002) Harold Wheeler (2003) William David Brohn (2004) Bruce Coughlin, Adam Guettel
Adam Guettel
and Ted Sperling (2005) Sarah Travis (2006) Mary Mitchell Campbell/ Jonathan Tunick (2007) Jason Carr (2008) Martin Koch (2009) Daryl Waters and David Bryan
David Bryan
(2010) Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus
Stephen Oremus
(2011) Martin Lowe (2012) Danny Troob (2013) Jason Robert Brown
Jason Robert Brown
(2014) Christopher Austin
Christopher Austin
(2015) Larry Hochman (2016) Bill Elliott and Greg Anthony Rassen (2017)

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