Michael Korie

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Lecturer in Theater and Performance Studies and School of Drama
469 College Street

MICHAEL KORIE is an award-winning lyricist of musicals and librettos for opera. He received The Marc Blitzstein Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for his work in both musical theater and opera. He wrote the lyrics to composer Scott Frankel’s music for the Broadway productions of “War Paint” and “Grey Gardens,” both with books by playwright Doug Wright, and the Off- Broadway productions of “Far From Heaven, ” “Happiness,” “Doll,” and “Meet Mister Future.” Korie and Frankel’s scores have been nominated for Tony and Drama Desk Awards, received The Outer Critics Circle Award, and have been produced on Broadway, Playwrights Horizons, Lincoln Center Theater, throughout the USA, in Europe and South America. “Grey Gardens” had its European premiere in London where it was awarded the Offie Award for Best Musical of the year. He collaborated with Lucy Simon, Amy Powers, and Michael Weller on “Doctor Zhivago,” on Broadway and subsequently produced internationally in Europe and in Asia. His newest Broadway collaboration is “Flying Over Sunset,” book by James Lapine and music by Tom Kitt, opening this season at Lincoln Center Theater in November 2021. https://www.lct.org/shows/flying-over-sunsetLinks to an external site.

For opera, he adapted Steinbeck’s novel for the libretto to “The Grapes of Wrath” composed by Ricky Ian Gordon. Korie’s original librettos to operas composed by Stewart Wallace include “Harvey Milk,” “Where’s Dick?,” “Kabbalah,” “Hopper’s Wife,” and “SuperMax” set to premiere in 2021. “Harvey Milk” returns in a new production which premieres June, 2022 at Opera Theater of Saint Louis. “The Garden of the Finzi-Continis” with composer Ricky Ian Gordon premieres later this season in January 2022 at New York City Opera and National Yiddish Folksbiene Theatre. https://nycopera.comLinks to an external site. Korie’s operas have been produced at San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Minnesota Opera, New York City Opera, BAM Next Wave Festival, Opera Theater of Saint Louis, Michigan Opera, and abroad in Germany and Australia.

Korie’s lyrics have received the Edward Kleban Prize, Jonathan Larson Award, and the ASCAP Richard Rodgers Award. His songs with composer Scott Frankel were featured at Lincoln Center’s American Songbook, and at The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage Broadway Today. He teaches lyric writing at Yale, and libretto writing at Columbia. He mentors the Fellows program for emerging musical theater writers at the Dramatists Guild Foundation, and is also a mentor for new American operas at American Lyric Theater. Korie is a Fellow of MacDowell and Yaddo. www.MichaelKorie.comL