Artist Bio

Richard Maltby, Jr.

(Bio as of June 2008)

Richard Maltby, Jr. conceived and directed two Tony Award-winning Broadway musicals: Fosse (1999: Tony, Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk Awards) and Ain’t Misbehavin’ (1978: Tony, New York Drama Critics Circle, Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk Awards), for which he also won the Tony Award as Best Director. With longtime collaborator, composer David Shire, he directed and wrote lyrics for Starting Here, Starting Now, 1977 (Grammy nomination); Baby, 1983, with librettist Sybille Pearson (nominated for seven Tony Awards); Closer Than Ever, 1989 (Two Outer Critics Circle Awards: Best Off-Broadway Musical, Best Score); and the musical Big, 1996, with librettist John Weidman (Tony Award nomination for Best Score). With the team of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg, he wrote lyrics for the international hit Miss Saigon (London Evening Standard Award, Best Musical, 1990; Tony Award nominaton for Best Score, 1991). Mr. Maltby directed and co-wrote with Don Black the American adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Song & Dance, 1986, which won a Tony Award for its star, Bernadette Peters. He has enjoyed a long association with the Manhattan Theatre Club, where he directed five musicals including the original production of Ain’t Misbehavin’. The son of the well-known orchestra leader, Mr. Maltby also contributes devilish crossword puzzles to Harpers Magazine.

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