Best Original Score (Music & Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Big, The Musical
Music: David Shire
Mr. Shire received a Tony Award nomination for Best Score for Baby which was also nominated for Best Musical. He received a Grammy nomination for the Off-Broadway musical Starting Here, Starting Now, and Outer Critics' Circle Award for Closer Than Ever. He received an Academy Award for Best Song for Norma Rae and two Grammy Awards for Saturday Night Fever.
Lyric: Richard Maltby, Jr.
Mr. Maltby co-wrote the lyrics for Miss Saigon. With David Shire, he wrote and directed Starting Here, Starting Now, Baby and Closer Than Ever. He received a Tony Award for Best Director for Ain't Misbehavin'.
Mr. Waters' Broadway musical credits include Jelly's Last Jam and Leader of the Pack. Off-Broadway, he wrote the music for The Colored Museum and A...My Name is Alice; and the regional production of Duke Ellington's Queenie Pie.
(Music and Lyrics)
Ms. Duquesnay appeared on Broadway in Jelly's Last Jam, The Wiz and Blues in the Night. She appeared in the Public Theater's production of Spunk. Ms. Duquesnay has worked extensively in regional theatre, in Europe and on several television programs. Lyrics:
Reg E. Gaines
Mr. Gaines is a poet. His recordings on Mercury Records include Please Don't Take My Air Jordans and Sweeper Don't Clean My Street. He has appeared on MTV's "Unplugged," "The Jon Stewart Show" and "The Arsenio Hall Show." Mr. Gaines has performed at MTV's Spoken Word Tour and Woodstock '94.
George C. Wolfe
Mr. Wolfe directed The Tempest, Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992; Jelly's Last Jam and Angels in America on Broadway. He won a Tony and a Drama Desk Award for Angels in America. He is the author of The Colored Museum, Jelly's Last Jam and Spunk. Mr. Wolfe is the Producer of the Joseph Papp Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival.
Music and Lyrics: Jonathan Larson,
Mr. Larson received the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 1994 Richard Rodgers Award for Rent. He twice received The Gilman & Gonzales-Falla Theatre Foundation's Commendation Award. In 1989, Mr. Larson was granted the Stephen Sondheim Award from the American Music Theatre Festival. His other musical works includes Superbia, J. P. Morgan Saves the Nation, and tick, tick...BOOM! He died of an aortic aneurysm at the age of 35 following the dress rehearsal of the production at The New York Theatre Workshop.
Music: Richard Rodgers,
Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein, II,
Oscar Hammerstein and Richard Rodgers changed the concept of the American musical with their first collaboration together, Oklahoma! in 1943. They went on to write Carousel, Allegro, South Pacific, The King and I, Me and Juliet, Pipe Dream, Flower Drum Song and The Sound of Music. Collectively their musicals have won 26 Tony Awards, 14 Academy Awards, two Pulitzer Prizes and two Grammy Awards.