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Joe DiPietro (born 1961[1]) is an American playwright, lyricist and author.[2] Born in Teaneck, New Jersey,[3] DiPietro grew up in nearby Oradell,[4][5] the son of Lou and Jean DiPietro. He attended Oradell Public School and River Dell Regional High School,[6] before graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Rutgers University
Rutgers University
in 1984 with a bachelor's degree in English.[7] DiPietro is best known for the Tony Award-winning musical Memphis, as well as for writing the book and lyrics for the long-running off-Broadway show I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change.[6] He is openly gay.[8]

Contents

1 Work 2 Plays 3 Awards and nominations 4 References 5 External links

Work[edit] DiPietro's first produced work was I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, written with composer Jimmy Roberts, which ran for twelve years (5,003 performances) off-Broadway at the Westside Theatre.[9] He followed that up with 1998's comedy Over the River and Through the Woods, which played the John Houseman Theatre for 800 performances over two years.[10] DiPietro's work made its Broadway debut in 2005 with the Elvis Presley jukebox musical All Shook Up.[11] The Toxic Avenger, written with Bon Jovi's David Bryan, debuted off-Broadway on April 6, 2009, and won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical.[12] DiPietro and Bryan's Memphis won the 2010 Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Musical. It ran at the Shubert Theatre for three years (1,165 performances) and continues in touring production all over the country. DiPietro won Tony Awards for Best Book and Best Score, and the show also received the Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical.[13] Nice Work If You Can Get It, a re-imagining of a Gershwin musical, starring Matthew Broderick
Matthew Broderick
and Kelli O'Hara, opened at Broadway's Imperial Theatre
Imperial Theatre
in 2012. The show, and DiPietro's book, were nominated for Tony Awards in 2012, and DiPietro won the Drama Desk Award for Best Book of a Musical.[14] Clever Little Lies ran in late 2013 at George Street Playhouse
George Street Playhouse
and debuted in New York's Westside Theatre
Westside Theatre
in 2015 with Marlo Thomas
Marlo Thomas
and Greg Mullavey.[15] The musical Chasing the Song, which reunited DiPietro with Bryan, was workshopped at La Jolla Playhouse
La Jolla Playhouse
in the summer of 2014. 2014 also saw DiPietro reworking the Garson Kanin
Garson Kanin
play Peccadillo into Living on Love, which starred the opera star Renée Fleming
Renée Fleming
and was a highlight of the 2014 Williamstown Theatre Festival.[16] Other recent plays include Creating Claire, which debuted at George Street Playhouse in 2010,[17] and The Last Romance, which played the Old Globe in 2010[18] after debuting at Kansas City's New Theatre in 2008.[19] Plays[edit]

2014 Chasing The Song (still in workshop) (book and lyrics) with music by David Bryan
David Bryan
of Bon Jovi 2014 Living On Love (author) 2013 Clever Little Lies (author) 2012 Nice Work If You Can Get It (Broadway) (book) 2010 Creating Claire (author) 2010 Falling For Eve (book) 2008 The Toxic Avenger book and lyrics with music by David Bryan, based on the movie 2008 Fucking Men, an adaptation of Schnitzler's La Ronde (1897)[20] 2008 The Last Romance (author) 2005 All Shook Up (Broadway) (book) 2004 Allegro (adaptation, writer) 2003 The Thing About Men
The Thing About Men
(Off-Broadway) (book, lyrics) (musical version of the German comedy film by Doris Dörrie, Männer... (Men...), from 1985) with music by Jimmy Roberts 2002 Memphis (book and lyrics) with music by David Bryan
David Bryan
of Bon Jovi 2002 Babes in Arms
Babes in Arms
(adaptation, writer) 2001 They All Laughed (book) (a very loose adaptation of Oh, Kay!) [21] 2000 Art Of Murder (author) 1998 Over the River and Through the Woods (Off-Broadway) (author) 1998 Kiss At City Hall (author) 1996 I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change
I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change
(Off-Broadway) (book and lyrics) with music by Jimmy Roberts 1994 The Virgin Weeps (author) [22][23] 1991 Love Lemmings (author, lyricist) [24]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result

2009 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Book of a Musical The Toxic Avenger Nominated

2010 Tony Award Best Book of a Musical Memphis Won

Best Original Score Won

Drama Desk Award Outstanding Book of a Musical Nominated

2012 Tony Award Best Book of a Musical Nice Work If You Can Get It Nominated

Drama Desk Award Outstanding Book of a Musical Won

Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Book of a Musical Nominated

2015 Laurence Olivier Award Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music Nominated

References[edit]

^ Tallmer, Jerry (July 4–10, 1998). "Eleven years running, just perfect, why change?". The Villager. Retrieved 2008-02-16.  ^ "Giving Allegro a heart transplant", The Washington Times ^ Ouzounian, Richard, Richard. "Toxic Avenger found his bard in Bon Jovi: Band's David Bryan
David Bryan
just wants people to sing the songs he writes", Toronto Star, December 6, 2009. Accessed December 6, 2009. "He got a crash course in how to do it when he met up with Joe DiPietro, another Jersey boy (this one from Teaneck)." ^ Theater; New Musical Headed For American Stage, The New York Times ^ Playbill
Playbill
News: A Perfect Love ^ a b Klein, Alvin (October 11, 1998). "In Person; Family, Faith, Food and Fun". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-02-16.  ^ Doubling Down With Joe DiPietro; 2 of his shows open in area, Daily News ^ "Memphis belle". Dallas Voice, May 10, 2012. ^ Gans, Andrew (July 27, 2008). "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change Ends NYC Run After More Than a Decade". Playbill. Retrieved 2013-03-08.  ^ https://www.lortel.org/LLA_archive/index.cfm?search_by=show&title=Over%20the%20River%20and%20Through%20the%20Woods ^ http://www.ibdb.com/production.php?id=383114 ^ http://www.lortel.org/LLA_archive/index.cfm?search_by=show&id=5324 ^ http://www.ibdb.com/production.php?id=484158 ^ http://www.ibdb.com/production.php?id=491374 ^ " Marlo Thomas
Marlo Thomas
Stars in Off-Broadway Marriage Comedy Clever Little Lies by Harry Haun, The New York Observer, 1 October 2015 ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/21/theater/in-living-on-love-renee-fleming-moves-beyond-opera.html?_r=0 ^ Gates, Anita (May 28, 2010). "Old Battle, New Play: Religion vs. Science". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-02-16.  ^ Propst, Andy (August 11, 2010). "Review Roundup: Joe DiPietro's The Last Romance, With Marion Ross, Paul Michael, Opens at the Old Globe". TheaterMania. Retrieved 2008-02-16.  ^ Koehler, Marieann (September 23, 2008). "The New Theatre Restaurant: Last Romance Review". Entertainment Spectrum. Retrieved 2008-02-16.  ^ Joe DiPietro To Open Newest Play In UK 5/16, Broadwayworld, May 15, 2008 ^ Theater; A Not-So-New Gershwin Musical, The New York Times ^ doollee.com The Playwrights Database ^ Playbill
Playbill
Biography: JOE DiPIETRO Archived 2008-03-18 at the Wayback Machine. ^ Lortel Archives, provides a catalogue of shows produced Off-Broadway.

External links[edit]

Joe DiPietro at the Internet Broadway Database
Internet Broadway Database

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Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical

George Furth (1970) Burt Shevelove (1971) John Guare
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
James Lapine
(1984) Jerry Colker (1985) Rupert Holmes (1986) L. Arthur Rose, Douglas Furber, Stephen Fry
Stephen Fry
and Mike Ockrent
Mike Ockrent
(1987) James Lapine
James Lapine
(1988) Larry Gelbart
Larry Gelbart
(1990) Marsha Norman
Marsha Norman
(1991) George C. Wolfe
George C. Wolfe
(1992) James Lapine
James Lapine
(1994) Jonathan Larson (1996) Terrence McNally
Terrence McNally
(1998) Alfred Uhry
Alfred Uhry
(1999) Mel Brooks
Mel Brooks
and Thomas Meehan (2001) John Lahr and Elaine Stritch
Elaine Stritch
(2002) Mark O'Donnell
Mark O'Donnell
and Thomas Meehan (2003) Winnie Holzman (2004) Rachel Sheinkin (2005) Bob Martin and Don McKellar
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
Lin-Manuel Miranda
(2015) John Caird (2016) Irene Sankoff and David Hein (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 Book of a Musical

1950–1975

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

1976–2000

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

2001–present

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

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