Brooklyn, New York
Glenn Slater (born 1968) is an American lyricist who collaborates with Alan Menken and other musical theatre composers. He was nominated for the Tony Award, Best Original Score for The Little Mermaid and received his second Tony nomination for Sister Act.
Slater was born in Brooklyn, New York, but raised in East Brunswick, New Jersey. In 1990, he graduated at Harvard University and received the ASCAP Foundation's Richard Rodgers New Horizon Award with composer Stephen Weiner.
Slater wrote the lyrics for the Off-Broadway stage revue Newyorkers produced by the Manhattan Theatre Club in 2001. He has written lyrics for six editions of Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus.
He wrote the lyrics for the stage adaptation of Disney's The Little Mermaid (2008), replacing the animated film's original lyricist Howard Ashman, who died in 1991. He is working with Menken on the new musical version of Leap of Faith.
He has also composed the lyrics and co-wrote the book for the major Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Love Never Dies, which is a sequel to Lloyd Webber's 1986 musical The Phantom of the Opera. The show premiered in the West End in March 2010. After widespread criticism of Slater's lyrics on the show's opening, Charles Hart was brought in to substantially rewrite parts of the libretto.
Slater and his wife, Wendy Leigh Wilf, wrote the book, music and lyrics to a new musical Beatsville that received a production at the 2008 NAMT Festival of New Musicals, in New York.
Slater attended the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop and was a resident writer with Musical Theatreworks.
Adding to his career as a lyricist, Slater wrote the lyrics for the songs in Disney's 50th animated feature Tangled.
Awards and honors
Slater has received the Kleban Award for Lyrics, the ASCAP Foundation Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award and the Jonathan Larson Award.
- Jones, Kenneth."New Revue, Newyorkers, Premieres at MTC Feb. 27; Opens March 20", playbill.com, February 27, 2001
- Hernandez, Ernio.Sister Act Musical Opens Run at Atlanta's Alliance Jan. 24" playbill.com, January 24, 2007
- Gans, Andrew."Disney's The Little Mermaid to Premiere in Denver in 2007" playbill.com, September 6, 2006
- Gans, Andrew."Tony Nominees Menken and Slater Have Full Plate with Mermaid, Faith and Sister Act", playbill.com, June 13, 2008
- Gans, Andrew and Shenton, Mark."Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies to Premiere in London in March 2010; New York, Australia to Follow", playbill.com, October 8, 2009
- Hetrick, Adam.New Music: "NAMT Announces Selections for 2008 Festival of New Musicals" playbill.com, July 17, 2008
- Slater credits playbill.com, accessed February 1, 2010
- Internet Broadway Database listing
- Internet Off-Broadway listing
- Biography at americantheatrewing.org
- Biography at sisteractthemusical.com
- Glenn Slater at the Internet Movie Database