Paul Gordon (composer)

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Not to be confused with Paul Gordon (musician).
Paul Gordon
Birth name Paul Howard Gordon
Occupation(s) musical theatre writer, songwriter
Years active 1970s–Present
Associated acts Jay Gruska, Bill Mumy

Paul Howard 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 played 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.[10][8]

Musical scores[edit]

  • Greetings from Venice Beach (1993)
  • Jane Eyre (1995)
  • Emma (2006)
  • The Front; music also by Jay Gruska
  • Daddy Long Legs (2009)
  • Sense & Sensibility (2016)

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"[11]


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