Paul Gordon (composer)

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Paul Gordon is a composer of popular songs and music for the theatre.


Gordon composed the music and lyrics for the stage musical Jane Eyre which ran on Broadway in 2000–2001, for which he received a Tony Award for Best Original Score nomination. This musical ran at TheatreWorks, Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, Mountain View, California, in 2003, and the reviewer wrote: "The music of Paul Gordon fits this production like a glove, with unbroken strings of music and lyrics that give the audience the mood of the story."[1] The Wall Street Journal noted the musical has "a lyrical score".[2]

His musical Emma is playing an engagement at the Old Globe Theatre (San Diego, California) in 2011.[3] He is currently working on Little Miss Scrooge.[4][5]

The stage musical The Front, for which Gordon wrote the music and lyrics with Jay Gruska, had a reading at the Manhattan Theatre Club in April 2007, and private industry readings in 2008. [6][4]

He composed the music and lyrics for the stage musical Daddy Long Legs with the book and direction by John Caird, which premiered at the Rubicon Theatre Company, Ventura, California in October 2009[7] and then had an engagement at the TheatreWorks Mountainview Center for the Performing Arts, California, in January through February 2010.[8][9]

A concert of Gordon's music played at Joe's Pub (New York City) in 2007, and featured his works from stage musicals performed by Marla Schaffel, Brian D'Arcy James and others.[4]

Gordon has written popular songs, including the "#1 songs: "Next Time I Fall" recorded by Peter Cetera and Amy Grant, and "Friends and Lovers," which was #1 on both pop and country charts." He has also written for films (including Ghostbusters II) and television.[8]

Musical scores[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Ovation Awards

  • 2010: Won the award for Lyrics/Music for an Original Musical for the Rubicon Theatre Company production of "Daddy Long Legs"[10]


  1. ^ Connema, Richard."A Beautiful Production of the Musical Jane Eyre", April 15, 2003
  2. ^ "'Jane Eyre' listing with review", accessed February 18, 2011
  3. ^ Jones, Kenneth."'Emma', Paul Gordon's Austen-Inspired Musical, Opens Jan. 23 at Old Globe", January 23, 2011
  4. ^ a b c "'Jane Eyre' Composer, Paul Gordon & Stars at Joe's Pub 10/15", October 1, 2007
  5. ^ Probst, Andy."Paul Gordon's Emma - A Musical Romantic Comedy Added to the Old Globe Theatre's Winter Season", July 19, 2010
  6. ^ Jones, Kenneth.Inspired by the Film, New Musical The Front Gets Caird-Directed Reading March 3", March 3, 2008
  7. ^ Henerson, Evan."A CurtainUp Los Angeles Review" 'Daddy Long Legs'", October 21, 2009
  8. ^ a b John Caird's DADDY LONG LEGS Gets TheatreWorks Run, 1/23 - 2/14", January 23, 2010
  9. ^ "'Daddy Long Legs' CD listing and liner notes", accessed February 18, 2011
  10. ^ "2009/2010 Ovation Award Winners.". 17 January 2011. 

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