Born August 1, 1929 in New York City; died of pneumonia in New York City, September 20, 1987. Two-time Antoinette Perry Award winner Michael Stewart was the author of some of the most successful stage musicals in theatre history, having written the book, lyrics, or both for such shows as Bye Bye Birdie, Hello Dolly!, George M., and I Love My Wife. Although his book for Bye Bye Birdie did not receive the best of critical notices, the show was the biggest hitof the 1960-61 season and was awarded most of the major Antoinette Perry awards in the musical categories, including best author for Stewart. A year later, Stewart's Carnival won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award and an Antoinette Perry Award nomination for best musical. In 1964 Hello Dolly! made itsdebut, again with enormous success, and Stewart once more received the Antoinette Perry and the New York Drama Critics Circle awards. Hello Dolly! was notonly a box office smash which ran for 1,596 performances on Broadway, but has since been performed annually in summer stock and regional theatres throughout the world. Some of Michael Stewart's other notable works include the bookand lyrics for Mack and Mabel, 1974, lyrics with Mark Bramble (his partner since 1974) for 42nd Street, 1980, lyrics for Barnum, 1980, and for Harrigan and Hart, 1984. In 1986 Stewart collaborated with the composer Jule Styne to produce a musical version of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island.
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