Michael Korie

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Michael Korie (born Michael Cory Indick[1]) is an American librettist and lyricist. He has written both opera and musicals.


Korie wrote the lyrics for the musical Grey Gardens, which has music by Scott Frankel and a book by Doug Wright, and ran both Off-Broadway and on Broadway. Korie was nominated for the 2007 Tony Award, Best Original Score[2] and the 2006 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Lyrics for his work on Grey Gardens.[3] Korie and Frankel wrote the lyrics and score, with John Weidman writing the book, for the musical Happiness, which premiered Off-Broadway at Lincoln Center's Newhouse Theater in March 2009.[4]

Korie's works include librettos for the operas Where's Dick? (1989, music by Stewart Wallace), Doll (music by Scott Frankel), Harvey Milk (1995, music by Stewart Wallace),[5][6] and The Grapes of Wrath (music by Ricky Ian Gordon).[7] He also co-wrote the lyrics with Amy Powers to Doctor Zhivago (music by Lucy Simon), which premiered at the La Jolla Playhouse in 2006.[8]

Korie's other projects were writing the lyrics to a musical adaptation of the 2004 film Finding Neverland[9] and writing the score, with Frankel, for a musical version of Far From Heaven.[10]

Korie grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey and attended Teaneck High School.[1] He is a Lecturer in Playwriting at the Yale School of Drama.[11]


  1. ^ a b Rohan, Virginia. "The seeds of 'Grey Gardens' songs", The Record (Bergen County), June 6, 2007. Accessed June 6, 2007. "Michael Korie, the Tony-nominated "Grey Gardens" lyricist, leads a visitor to a room in the Teaneck home where he grew up... This place, the Indicks' home since 1963, and these parents had a profound influence on Korie (his middle name, which he uses professionally), a successful lyricist who has also done several operas.... By the time Korie got to Teaneck High School -- where he was rehearsal accompanist for shows like "Oklahoma" -- he was going on his own, and with friends, to see New York shows."
  2. ^ Gans, Andrew.2006-2007 "Tony Nominations Announced; 'Spring Awakening' Garners 11 Noms" playbill.com, May 15, 2007
  3. ^ Simonson, Robert.'The Drowsy Chaperone' Leads 2006 Drama Desk Nominations" playbill.com, April 27, 2006
  4. ^ Hetrick, Adam."Subways Are for Singing: Korie & Frankel's 'Happiness' Opens Off-Broadway March 30" playbill.com, March 30, 2009
  5. ^ Clum, John M."Queer music. 'Harvey Milk' (Stewart Wallace (music) and Michael Korie (libretto). New York City Opera, 1995"Performing Arts Journal 53, (excerpt), Volume 18, Number 2, May 1996
  6. ^ Holland, Bernard."MUSIC REVIEW; 'Harvey Milk,' a Gay Opera As a Grand Coming-Out Party" The New York Times (abstract), April 6, 1995
  7. ^ "Grapes of Wrath Bears Fruit for Opera" Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 2012
  8. ^ "Korie Biography" americantheatrewing.org, accessed June 1, 2012
  9. ^ Jones, Kenneth."'Finding Neverland', With Score by Michael Korie & Scott Frankel, Gets London Presentation; Julian Ovenden Stars" playbill.com, December 12, 2011
  10. ^ Jones, Kenneth."Kelli O'Hara Confirmed for 'Far From Heaven'; Judith Ivey Also Announced for Playwrights Horizons Season" playbill.com, May 31, 2012
  11. ^ "Korie Biography" yaledrama.net, accessed June 1, 2012

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