Henry Krieger

Henry Krieger is a native son of New York, whose musical education began while listening to the strains of Chopin and Liszt flowing from his parents’ phonograph. As time went by, his tastes moved into a more modern idiom through exposure to the music of great R&B artists such as Fats Waller, Ray Charles, Jackie Wilson and The Drifters. As a young adult, he accompanied his parents to Broadway musicals, where the show-stopping production numbers made an indelible impression on him. His grade school in Scarborough, New York, equipped with a theater similar to Broadway’s Helen Hayes Theatre, reinforced his interest in the dramatic arts, and he later continued his creative and liberal arts education at the American University in Washington, DC.While still in his twenties, Mr. Krieger began composing for Off-Off Broadway, a venue that led to his meeting with playwright-lyricist Tom Eyen. Together with director- choreographer Michael Bennett, they created the long running Broadway hit musical, DREAMGIRLS, which opened to rave reviews at the Imperial Theatre on December 20, 1981. DREAMGIRLS won six Tony Awards and Mr. Krieger was nominated for his now legendary score for which he won the Grammy Award for Best Original Cast Album. A movie version of DREAMGIRLS starring Beyonce, Jamie Foxx and Eddie Murphy will be released later this year.Two years later, in December 1983, his popular musical THE TAP DANCE KID (Lyrics by Robert Lorick) opened at the Broadhurst Theatre on Broadway, winning two Tony Awards.His most recent Broadway musical, SIDE SHOW (Book and Lyrics by Bill Russell), opened at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in November 1997 to highly favorable reviews. SIDE SHOW received four Tony nominations, including Best Score.He collaborated with Bill Russell on KEPT, based on Alexander Dumas’ classic CAMILLE, which premiered at TheatreWorks of Palo Alto in California in April 2002.In February 2000, Mr. Krieger debuted a new musical at TheatreWorks of Palo Alto, California, entitled EVERYTHING’S DUCKY (Book by Bill Russell and Jeffrey Hatcher, Lyrics by Bill Russell). The show won the 2000 Backstage West Garland Award for Best Score as well as the Will Glickman Award for Best New Bay Area Play of 2000. EVERYTHING’S DUCKY has since had productions in St. Louis, Cincinnati and La Mirada. It had its Chicago premiere at the Northlight Theatre and was recently produced at the Old Globe Theatre under the title LUCKY DUCK. Mr. Krieger is currently working on a musical version of MOONSTRUCK (Book by John Patrick Shanley, Academy Award winning screenwriter for MOONSTRUCK, and Lyrics by Susan Birkenhead).He also wrote the score for The Wonderful World of Disney’s SLEEPING BEAUTY, starring Whitney Houston, (Lyrics by Susan Birkenhead), televised in the Spring of 2002.