Michael Stewart (playwright)
August 1, 1924
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Died||September 20, 1987 (aged 63)|
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Education||City University of New York, Queens (BA)|
Yale University (MFA)
|Relatives||Francine Pascal (sister)|
John Pascal (brother-in-law)
Michael Stewart (August 1, 1924 – September 20, 1987) was an American playwright and dramatist, librettist, lyricist, screenwriter and novelist.
Life and career
His early work was writing sketches for the revues The Shoestring Revue (1955), The Littlest Revue (1956), and Shoestring '57 (1956, Barbizon-Plaza, New York). He then joined the staff writers of Sid Caesar's television program, Caesar's Hour.
He met Charles Strouse and Lee Adams in 1954, and several years after collaborated with them and Gower Champion on the 1960 Broadway musical Bye Bye Birdie. He worked again with Champion and Jerry Herman, with their musical Hello, Dolly! opening on Broadway in 1964.
Stewart died on September 20, 1987 in New York City. Jule Styne said of him: "He was an extremely talented and knowledgeable man of the theater. He was one of the great musical-theater writers, and his string of hits showed that." Stewart's sister was writer Francine Pascal and brother Burt Rubin.
- Bye Bye Birdie (1960) — musical — bookwriter — Tony Award for Best Musical
- Carnival! (1961) — musical — bookwriter — Tony Nomination for Best Musical, Tony Nomination for Best Author of a Musical
- Hello, Dolly! (1964) — musical — bookwriter — Tony Award for Best Musical, Tony Award for Best Author of a Musical
- Those That Play the Clowns (1966) — play — playwright
- George M! (1968) — musical — co-bookwriter with sister Francine Pascal and her husband John Pascal
- Mack and Mabel (1974) — musical — bookwriter — Tony Nomination for Best Book of a Musical
- I Love My Wife (1977) — musical — lyricist and bookwriter — Tony Nomination for Best Original Score, Tony Nomination for Best Book of a Musical
- The Grand Tour (1979) — musical — co-bookwriter
- Barnum (1980) — musical — lyricist — Tony Nomination for Best Original Score
- 42nd Street (1980) — musical — co-bookwriter — Tony Co-Nomination for Best Book of a Musical
- Bring Back Birdie (1981) — musical — bookwriter
- Pieces of Eight (1985) — music — co-bookwriter, Citadel Theatre in Edmonton, Canada and closed out of town.
- Harrigan 'n Hart (1985) — musical — bookwriter — Tony Nomination for Best Book of a Musical
- Mitchell Loebel, 1st cousin
- Gerard, Jeremy. "Michael Stewart Is Dead 63; Author of Broadway Musicals" The New York Times, September 21, 1987, Section B, p.16
- His name should be shown as "Myron Rubin" — edited by Mitchell Loebel, first cousin.
- The Shoestring Revue. BroadWayWorld.com, accessed January 3, 2011
- The Littlest Revue. BroadWayWorld.com, accessed January 3, 2011
- Funke, Lewis. "Theatre: 'Shoestring '57': New Revue Arrives at the Barbizon-Plaza", The New York Times, November 6, 1956, p.31
- Burt Rubin, son of William and Kate Rubin and brother to Michael Stewart. "Michael Stewart Is Dead 63; Author of Broadway Musicals", The New York Times, September 21, 1987, Section B, p.16
- Rich, Frank."Stage:'Harrigan 'n Hart' Opens at the Longacre" The New York Times, February 1, 1985