Susan Birkenhead is an American lyricist.
Birkenhead made her
Broadway debut as one of a team of songwriters contributing to (1978), for which she received her first Working Tony Award nomination. Her second was earned for (1992), which won her the Jelly's Last Jam Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lyrics and a Grammy Award nomination. Additional Broadway credits include (Drama Desk nomination) and additional lyrics for the Triumph of Love Cole Porter tunes in the 1998 revival of . High Society
off-Broadway and regional theatre credits include What About Luv?, a musical adaptation of the Murray Schisgal play , for which she won the Luv Outer Critics Circle Award; with Pieces of Eight Jule Styne and Michael Stewart; Fanny Hackabout Jones with Erica Jong and Lucy Simon; The Night They Raided Minsky's with Charles Strouse and Evan Hunter, the new musical based on the same; and, in collaboration with Minsky's Henry Krieger, two potentially Broadway-bound projects based on hit films, The Flamingo Kid and Moonstruck (with a book by screenwriter John Patrick Shanley).
Birkenhead is one of several lyricists who contributed to
Hats!, a musical inspired by the Red Hat Society, which is enjoying an open-ended run at Harrah's New Orleans and is scheduled for a limited engagement at the Royal George Theatre in Chicago starting in April 2007 .
Radio Girl, a musical based on Kate Douglas Wiggin's , premiered at the Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm Goodspeed Musicals' Norma Terrace Theatre with music by Henry Krieger, lyrics by Birkenhead, and a book by Daniel Goldfarb. The show ran in 2010 from July 29 to August 22. [1 ]
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