Writers / Artists
Artist's Web Site: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Stewart_(playwright)
Michael Stewart (1924-1987) was an American playwright and librettist for the stage. Born in Manhattan, Stewart attended Queens College and graduated from the Yale School of Drama in 1953. His early work included The Shoestring Revue, The Littlest Revue, and was a staff writer on Sid Caesar’s TV show, Caesar’s Hour. He met Charles Strouse and Lee Adams in 1954, and several years after collaborated with them and Gower Champion on the 1960 Broadway musical Bye Bye Birdie. He worked again with Champion and Jerry Herman, with their musical Hello, Dolly! opening on Broadway in 1964. He was the book writer and/or lyricist on several more shows including: Carnival!, George M!, The Grand Tour, & 42nd Street.
He teamed up with composer Cy Coleman and wrote the lyrics for two of Coleman’s biggest commercial successes on Broadway; 1977′s I Love My Wife which garnered 6 Tony nominations (2 wins) and played for 857 performances and 1980′s Barnum which yielded 11 more Tony nominations (2 wins) and played for 854 performances.
Contact & Licensing Info:
The scores to I Love My Wife and Barnum are published by Notable Music Co. Inc. (ASCAP).