Susan Birkenhead

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Susan Birkenhead
OriginUnited States
Years active1978-present

Susan Birkenhead is an American lyricist.

Birkenhead made her Broadway debut as one of a team of songwriters contributing to Working (1978), for which she received her first Tony Award nomination.[1] Her second was earned for Jelly's Last Jam (1992), which won her the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lyrics[2] and a Grammy Award nomination. Additional Broadway credits include Triumph of Love (Drama Desk nomination) and additional lyrics for the Cole Porter tunes in the 1998 revival of High Society.[3]

Birkenhead's Off-Broadway and regional theatre credits include What About Luv?, a musical adaptation of the Murray Schisgal play Luv, for which she won the Outer Critics Circle Award; Pieces of Eight with 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 Minsky's based on the same; and, in collaboration with 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, after premiering at the New Denver Civic Theatre.[4] The musical had a limited engagement at the Royal George Theatre in Chicago starting in April 2007.[5][6]

Radio Girl, a musical based on Kate Douglas Wiggin's Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, premiered at the 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.[7]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
1978 Tony Award Best Original Score Working Nominated
1992 Jelly's Last Jam Nominated
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Lyrics Nominated
1998 Triumph of Love Nominated


  1. ^ Working Playbill (vault), accessed March 28, 2016
  2. ^ Jelly's Last Jam Playbill (vault), accessed March 28, 2016
  3. ^ High Society Playbill (vault), accessed March 28, 2016
  4. ^ Dodge, Marcia Milgrom; Dodge, Anthony; Bartlett, Rob. "Introduction" Hats!: The Musical, Samuel French, Inc., 2009, ISBN 0573696721, p. 4
  5. ^ Oxman, Steven. "Review: ‘Hats!’" Variety, April 30, 2007
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ Jones, Kenneth. "Goodspeed's 'Radio Girl', New Musical by Henry Krieger and Susan Birkenhead, Begins July 29" Playbill, July 29, 2010

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