Top: For The Lion King: Elton John, Hans Zimmer, Jay Rifkin, Julie Taymor, Lebo M, Mark Mancina, and Tim Rice. Bottom: For Ragtime: Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, For Side Show, Henry Krieger and Bill Russell. For The Capeman, Paul Simon and Derek Walcott.
Music: Stephen Flaherty, Lyrics: Lynn Ahrens,
Mr. Flaherty and Ms. Ahrens received two Tony nominations for Once on This Island and the musical received London's Olivier Award for Best Musical.Their other collaborations include My Favorite Year (Lincoln Center) and Lucky Stiff (Off-Broadway and London), winner of a Helen Hayes Best Musical Award. Mr. Flaherty and Ms. Ahrens received two Academy Award nominations for original musical score and original song for the animated film Anastasia. Mr. Flaherty wrote the incidental music for the Neil Simon play Proposals. Ms. Ahrens is the lyricist and co-bookwriter for the annual A Christmas Carol at Madison Square Garden.
Music: Henry Krieger, Lyrics: Bill Russell,
Mr. Krieger received a Tony nomination for Dreamgirls. The musical also earned him a Grammy Award and Drama Desk nomination. He composed the music for The Tap Dance Kid on Broadway and two songs for last year's Christmas Spectacular at Radio City. He has served as musical director for the 52nd Street Project for many years. Mr. Russell wrote the book and lyrics for the Off-Broadway productions of Pageant, Fourtune and The Texas Chainsaw Musical and wrote lyrics for last year's Christmas Spectacular at Radio City. His credits as a director include Generation X and Monteith and Rand.
Music: Paul Simon, Lyrics:Derek Walcott,
Mr. Simon is one of America's pre-eminent songwriters. He has won 12 Grammy Awards including three for best album (Bridge Over Troubled Water, Still Crazy After All These Years and Graceland). He composed the score for the filmThe Graduate, which featured the song "Mrs. Robinson." Mr. Walcott's plays have been produced in New York (NY Shakespeare Festival, Negro Ensemble Co.) and L.A.'s Mark Taper Forum. The recipient of many awards, he won the 1992 Nobel Prize in Literature and an Obie for The Dream on Monkey Mountain. Music & Lyrics: Elton John, Tim Rice, Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin,
Julie Taymor, Hans Zimmer,
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Mr. John, with lyricist Bernie Taupin, are one of the most prolific songwriting teams in the history of pop music. Winner of an Academy Award for the song "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" from The Lion King film, he has also received many awards over the past 30 years. Mr. Rice won two Tony Awards as book writer and lyricist of Evita, received two Tony nominations for
Joseph... and a Tony nomination for Jesus Christ Superstar. His work in the films The Lion King and Aladdin won him two Academy Awards. Mr. John and Mr. Rice are currently working on a new Disney theatrical project based on the opera Aida.
Lebo M won a Grammy Award for his arrangements for The Lion King film. His film work includes Outbreak, Congo and Born to Be Wild. Among his album credits are Rhythm of the Pride Lands, Back on the Block and Listen Up. Mr. Mancina arranged and produced songs for the film The Lion King, winning a Grammy Award and American Music Award for his work. His film credits include
Speed, Twister, Bad Boys and Con Air. Mr. Rifkin, along with his partner, Hans Zimmer, received Academy Award nominations for their scores for Driving Miss Daisy, Rain Man and The Lion King. Mr. Rifkin is also a Grammy Award-winning producer.
Ms. Taymor's many talents include her work as director of theatre, opera and film, costume designer, scenic designer, choreographer, mask and puppet designer, adapter, composer and lyricist. The awards she has received in these fields are numerous. Mr. Zimmer received an Academy Award, Golden Globe and two Grammy awards for his film score of The Lion King. He has scored over 60 films including the recent The Peacemaker and television programs, starting in 1982 with "Moonlighting.