Check out these shows by award-winning writers in New York
The playwrights and composers behind these shows have Tonys, Pulitzers, Grammys, and more to their names.
We've all seen a movie, or read a book, or listened to a song just because an artist we love wrote or starred in it. We cheer especially hard for them when their work gets recognized with critical acclaim and awards at the most prestigious ceremonies. If you're one of these people, or just someone who likes to see what all the hype is about when a writer gets awards, we can tell you about plenty of acclaimed writers whose works are on and off Broadway, and are worth checking out.
Plenty of writers have received most of their accolades in theatre, like Tony Awards and Pulitzer Prizes for Drama. However, music, literary, and film creators also write scripts, lyrics, and music for the stage, each bringing their unique style to the New York theatre landscape. But they all have two things in common: They've been recognized with various honors, and you can see their work live right now. Read on to learn about the award-winning writers behind Broadway and Off-Broadway shows.
Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda's list of awards is so long, it could be its own article. In fact, it is: Read about all the awards Lin-Manuel Miranda has won. Most of his accolades — including multiple Tonys, a Grammy, an Emmy, an Olivier, and the Pulitzer Prize — are for his blockbuster hip-hop history musical Hamilton. However, his other hit show, In the Heights, received its fair share too, including a Tony, a Grammy, and an Olivier. And if he wins an Oscar for the Disney film Encanto this year, he'll have the prestigious EGOT status. History is happening in Manhattan as long as Miranda is writing!
Anaïs Mitchell has been livin' it up on top since the debut of Hadestown. Mitchell's folk-music retelling of Greek mythology took home eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, in 2019. She herself won the Best Original Score Tony and was also nominated for Best Book of a Musical. The next year, Hadestown got the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. She'd been working on the Hadestown musical, which began as a 2010 concept album, for years, so all that hard work paid off! Long before Hadestown, too, Mitchell received the 2003 New Folk Award from the Kerrville Folk Festival for her music. Go way down Hadestown and see her award-winning tunes live!
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
J. K. Rowling has won more awards than every Triwizard Tournament champion put together. Her Harry Potter novels have won, among other accolades, multiple British Book Awards, Bram Stoker Awards, a Hugo Award, and a Whitbread Book Award — not to mention the hearts of countless fans across multiple generations. Rowling herself won personal achievement awards from the British Book Awards, too, as well as an Order of the British Empire and a place in the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame.
Since co-creating the original story for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the theatrical sequel to her novels, she's added some theatre awards to her shelf, too, including a Best New Play Olivier Award and Best Play Tony Award. She and Cursed Child co-creator John Tiffany shared those two with Jack Thorne, who actually penned the Cursed Child script. He has five BAFTA Awards, a Drama Desk Award, and many more accolades to his own name as a playwright and screenwriter. When it comes to literary fame, they're the chosen ones.
A Strange Loop
After premiering off Broadway in 2019 and enjoying a successful run in D.C., Michael R. Jackson's A Strange Loop has looped back around to New York for a Broadway run, which earned him the Tony Awards for Best Musical and Best Book of a Musical. In the meantime, Jackson picked up a Pulitzer Prize for his semiautobiographical musical. That's a feat in itself, but Jackson's achievement also made him the first Black writer to win a Pulitzer for a musical, and the first musical writer to win a Pulitzer before their show premiered on Broadway. In addition, the Off-Broadway production of A Strange Loop picked up more than a dozen other accolades, including multiple each of Obie, Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, and Outer Critics Circle Awards.
MJ The Musical
There aren't many double Pulitzer winners out there, but Lynn Nottage is one of them. The playwright won once in 2009 for Ruined and again in 2017 for Sweat, and she has many other critically acclaimed shows to her name. In fact, for a brief time in winter 2022, she had the unique distinction of having a play, a musical, and an opera on Broadway all at the same time! The musical is MJ, a bio-musical about Michael Jackson for which Nottage wrote the book. MJ was briefly joined in the 2021-2022 theatre season by Nottage's play Clyde's and the opera Intimate Apparel, based on her 2003 play of the same name. She truly does it all — and has the accolades to prove it!
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