Adam Gwon is an American composer and lyricist living in New York City.
Gwon was born in Boston, and spent his childhood in Baltimore before attending New York University. While studying acting at NYU, Gwon was encouraged to pursue writing by a teacher, David Bucknam, and was later mentored by the musical theater writing team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. Gwon is of Chinese-American and Jewish descent.
Gwon made his off-Broadway debut in 2009 with Ordinary Days, the first musical production in Roundabout Theatre Company's black box space, Roundabout Underground. In 2011, Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia premiered Gwon's musical The Boy Detective Fails, based on the novel by Joe Meno, as part of their American Musical Voices Project. South Coast Repertory commissioned and premiered his musical Cloudlands, written with Octavio Solis, in 2012.
In 2015, he had two simultaneous world premieres, both co-written with Julia Jordan: Bernice Bobs Her Hair, adapted from the F. Scott Fitzgerald short story, at the Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, and Cake Off at Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia. Cake Off received a Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Original Play or Musical Adaptation.
Village Theatre in Issaquah, Washington produced the world premiere of Gwon's musical String, with a book by Sarah Hammond, in 2018.
Gwon's Ordinary Days was preserved on a cast album and has been produced in London's West End, and around the world from Paris to Rio de Janeiro. A 2018 revival by the Keen Company was nominated for a Drama League Award for Best Revival of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical.
Gwon's song "I'll Be Here" was recorded by Audra McDonald on her album Go Back Home. McDonald has performed the song in concert, including at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. It aired on PBS's Live from Lincoln Center in 2013.
He served a three-year term on the Tony Awards Nominating Committee beginning in 2015.
- Ordinary Days (2009)
- The Boy Detective Fails (2011)
- Cloudlands (2012)
- Bernice Bobs Her Hair (2015)
- Cake Off (2015)
- String (2018)
- Scotland, PA (2019)
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