Stewart, Michael, 1929-1987

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Michael Stewart, librettist, lyricist, playwright, and novelist was born Myron Rubin on August 1, 1924 in New York City. He attended Queens College and received a Master of Fine Arts in drama from Yale in 1953. During the 1950's he contributed sketches and lyrics to revues, among them: Razzle Dazzle (at the Edison Theater), The Shoestring Revue (1955), The Littlest Revue (1956) and Shoestring '57 . He also wrote for television, most notably for Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows, where he collaborated with Mel Brooks, Neil and Danny Simon and Carl Reiner. In 1954 Stewart met Charles Strouse and Lee Adams, and embarked on a career in musical theater, to which he contributed some of the major Broadway successes of the sixties, seventies and eighties. With Strouse and Adams, Stewart eventually began work on the Broadway musical Bye Bye Birdie (1960), which ran for 607 performances and won Stewart his first Tony as the author. It was also the start of Stewart's relationship with Gower Champion, who directed and choreographed. Later the two would work together on Carnival! (1961), Hello, Dolly! (1964) and 42nd Street (1980). Stewart's second Tony was for Hello, Dolly!, directed and choreographed by Gower Champion, with music and lyrics by Jerry Herman. Jerry Herman also worked with Stewart on Mack & Mabel (1974) and The Grand Tour (1979). Another frequent collaborator was Mark Bramble. Together they wrote the librettos for Elizabeth and Essex, 42nd Street, The Grand Tour and Pieces of Eight . Bramble wrote the book for Barnum, and Stewart the lyrics. Among Stewart's other collaborators were Cy Coleman, with whom Stewart worked as lyricist on I Love My Wife (1977) and Barnum (1980), Bob Merrill ( Carnival! ) and Jule Styne ( Pieces of Eight ). In addition to writing for the musical theater Stewart wrote plays ( D. and Those That Play the Clowns ). He also wrote for television, worked at times on movie projects and published one novel, Belle (1977).

From the guide to the Michael Stewart scores, 1870-1984, (The New York Public Library. Music Division.)

Michael Stewart (nee Rubin), librettist, lyricist, playwright, and novelist, was born in 1929 in New York City, where he attended Queens College.

He received a Master of Fine Arts in drama from Yale in 1953. Prior to his work on Broadway, Stewart wrote for television and contributed sketches and lyrics to revues. His first effort on Broadway, BYE BYE BIRDIE, opened in 1960 and won Stewart his first Tony as its author. During his career in the musical theater Stewart also worked on BARNUM, CARNIVAL!, 42nd STREET, GEORGE M!, THE GRAND TOUR, I LOVE MY WIFE, and MACK & MABEL. Among his collaborators were the writers Mark Bramble, Fran Pascal and John Pascal, and the composers and lyricists, Lee Adams, Cy Coleman, Jerry Herman, Bob Merrill, Max Showalter, Charles Strouse and Jule Styne. In addition to his work on musicals, Stewart wrote plays (D. and THOSE THAT PLAY THE CLOWNS), and published one novel, BELLE. He died on Sep. 20, 1987.

From the description of Michael Stewart Papers, 1948-1987. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122598063

Michael Stewart (1924-1987), librettist, lyricist, playwright, and novelist, was born Myron Rubin in New York City.

He attended Queens College and later received a Master of Fine Arts in drama from Yale in 1953. Prior to his work on Broadway, Stewart wrote for television and contributed sketches and lyrics to revues. His first effort on Broadway, Bye Bye Birdie, opened in 1960 and won Stewart his first Tony as its author. During his career in the musical theater Stewart also worked on Carnival! (1961), Hello, Dolly! (1964), 42nd Street (1980), George M! (1968), Barnum (1980), I Love My Wife (1979), Mack and Mabel (1974), and The Grand Tour (1979). Among his collaborators on musical theater projects were the writers Mark Bramble, Fran and John Pascal, and the composers Cy Coleman, Jerry Herman, Bob Merrill, Max Showalter and Jule Styne.

From the description of Michael Stewart scores, 1870-1984. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 79418849

Michael Stewart, librettist, lyricist, playwright, and novelist was born Myron Rubin on August 1, 1924 in New York City. He attended Queens College and received a Master of Fine Arts in drama from Yale in 1953.

During the 1950's he contributed sketches and lyrics to revues, among them: Razzle Dazzle (at the Edison Theater), The Shoestring Revue (1955), The Littlest Revue (1956) and Shoestring '57 . He also wrote for television, most notably for Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows, where he collaborated with Mel Brooks, Neil and Danny Simon and Carl Reiner.

In 1954 Stewart met Charles Strouse and Lee Adams, and embarked on a career in the musical theater, to which he contributed some of the major Broadway successes of the sixties, seventies and eighties. With Strouse and Adams, Stewart eventually began work on a musical which opened on Broadway in 1960 as Bye Bye Birdie . Birdie ran for 607 performances and won Stewart his first Tony as the author. It was also the start of Stewart's relationship with Gower Champion, who directed and choreographed. Later the two would work together on Carnival!, Hello, Dolly! and 42nd Street .

Stewart's second Tony (1964) was for Hello, Dolly!, directed and choreographed by Gower Champion, with music and lyrics by Jerry Herman. Jerry Herman also worked with Stewart on the Grand Tour and Mack & Mabel . Another frequent collaborator was Mark Bramble. Together they wrote the librettos for Elizabeth and Essex, 42nd Street, the Grand Tour and Pieces of Eight . Bramble wrote the book for Barnum, and Stewart the lyrics. Among Stewart's other collaborators were Cy Coleman ( Barnum, I Love My Wife, Nothing But the Truth and Seesaw ), Bob Merrill ( Carnival! ) and Jule Styne ( Pieces of Eight )

In addition to writing for the musical theater Stewart wrote plays ( D. and Those That Play the Clowns ) He also wrote for television, worked at times on movie projects and published one novel ( Belle )

From the guide to the Michael Stewart Papers, 1948-1987, (The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.)

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creatorOf Stewart, Michael, 1929-1987. Papers, 1960-1969. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
creatorOf Warren, Harry, 1893-1981. 42nd Street ; the song and dance fable of Broadway / music by Harry Warren : lyrics by Al Dubin ; book by Michael Stewart & Mark Bramble ; based on the novel by Bradford Ropes, 2001. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Stewart, Michael, 1929-1987. 880-01 Rehearsal for the play Halo Doli. HCL Technical Services, Harvard College Library
creatorOf Stewart, Michael, 1929-1987. Bring back Birdie, 1980 Nov. 14 / book by Michael Stewart ; lyrics by Lee Adams ; music by Charles Strouse ; directed and choreographed by Joe Layton. Ohio State University Libraries
creatorOf Stewart, Michael, 1929-1987. Michael Stewart Papers, 1948-1987. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Herman, Jerry, 1931-. Hello, Dolly! / music and lyrics by Jerry Herman ; book by Michael Stewart, based on the play "The Matchmaker" by Thornton Wilder, 1996. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Shaw Festival Collection (University of Guelph). Mack and Mabel / book by Michael Stewart, music and lyrics by Jerry Herman, revised by Francine Pascal ; directed by Molly Smith, designed by William Schmuck, musical direction and orchestral adaptation by Paul Sportelli, 2007 - poster. University of Guelph
creatorOf Strouse, Charles. Bye bye Birdie / music by Charles Strouse ; lyrics by Lee Adams ; book by Michael Stewart ; concert adaptation by David Ives, 2004. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Dorothy Greener papers, 1942-1961 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Philippe Halsman theatrical photographs, 1947-1969 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Stewart, Michael, 1929-1987. 880-01 Helo Doli. HCL Technical Services, Harvard College Library
referencedIn Sid Caesar Papers, 1950-1963 Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Herman, Jerry, 1933-. Jerry Herman collection 1950-2003 (bulk 1960-1990). Library of Congress
creatorOf Agor, Yaʻaḳov. 880-01 Rehearsals for the play Helo Doli. HCL Technical Services, Harvard College Library
creatorOf Strouse, Charles, 1928-. Bye bye Birdie [music] : a musical comedy / book by Michael Stewart ; music by Charles Stewart ; lyrics by Lee Adams. Libraries Australia
creatorOf Herman, Jerry, 1933-. Hello, Dolly! / book by Michael Stewart ; music and lyrics by Jerry Herman ; based on "The matchmaker" by Thornton Wilder. Libraries Australia
creatorOf Shaw Festival Collection (University of Guelph). Mack and Mabel / book by Michael Stewart, music and lyrics by Jerry Herman, revised by Francine Pascal ; directed by Molly Smith, designed by William Schmuck, musical direction and orchestral adaptation by Paul Sportelli, 2007 - house program. University of Guelph
creatorOf Grand Theatre Collection (University of Guelph). Hello, Dolly! - High School Project 2001 / book by Michael Stewart ; music and lyrics by Jerry Herman ; based on "The Matchmaker" by Thornton Wilder ; directed by Kelly Handerek, 2001 - house program. University of Guelph
creatorOf Merrill, Bob. Carnival [music] / music and lyrics by Bob Merrill ; book by Michael Stewart ; based on material by Helen Deutsch. Libraries Australia
creatorOf Grand Theatre Collection (University of Guelph). Hello, Dolly! - High School Project 2001 / book by Michael Stewart ; music and lyrics by Jerry Herman ; based on "The Matchmaker" by Thornton Wilder ; directed by Kelly Handerek, 2001 - performance file. University of Guelph
creatorOf Michael Stewart scores, 1870-1984 The New York Public Library. Music Division.
creatorOf Merrill, Bob. Carnival: typescript, 2002. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Shaw Festival Collection (University of Guelph). Mack and Mabel / book by Michael Stewart, music and lyrics by Jerry Herman, revised by Francine Pascal, music direction and adaptation by Paul Sportelli ; directed by Molly Smith, 2007 - video. University of Guelph
referencedIn Caesar, Sid, 1922-. Sid Caesar papers, 1950-1963. Library of Congress
creatorOf Shaw Festival Collection (University of Guelph). Guide to the Shaw Festival productions / written and compiled by Rod Christensen, Joanna Falck, Robert Hamilton, Debra McLaughlan and Amanda Tripp, additional material provided by Sue LePage and Jackie Maxwell, 2007 - study guides. University of Guelph
creatorOf Michael Stewart Papers, 1948-1987 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Stewart, Michael, 1929-1987. Michael Stewart scores, 1870-1984. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Greener, Dorothy, 1917-1971. Dorothy Greener papers, 1942-1961. New York Public Library System, NYPL
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United States
United States
New York (State)--New York
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Lyricists--United States
Revues--United States--20th century
Musical theater
Revues--20th century
Musicals
Theater
Musical theater--New York (State)--New York
Theater--United States--20th century
Theater--20th century
Musicals--Writing and publishing
Lyricists
Television authorship
Musicals--Production and direction
Musicals--Librettos
Musical theater--United States
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Lyricists
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Birth 1929-08-01

Death 1987-09-20

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