Michael Korie received the Outer Critics Circle Award and a Tony nomination for his lyrics to the Broadway musical Grey Gardens (music by Scott Frankel, book by Doug Wright, directed by Michael Greif), originally presented off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons. Grey Gardens was recorded on P.S. Classics, and will be produced in 2008 and 2009 at leading regional theaters throughout America and in Japan.
His libretto to composer Ricky Ian Gordon’s opera The Grapes of Wrath premiered to acclaim at Minnesota Opera with upcoming productions at Opera Pacific and Pittsburgh Opera. A recording was released on PS Classics in the summer of 2008. His librettos for operas composed by Stewart Wallace include Harvey Milk (San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera); Hopper’s Wife (Long Beach Opera); Kabbalah (Brooklyn Academy Next Wave Festival); and Where’s Dick? directed by Richard Foreman (Houston Grand Opera).
He has been commissioned to create new operas for The Metropolitan Opera and for Minnesota Opera, premiering in 2011.
He co-wrote lyrics with Amy Powers to composer Lucy Simon’s Doctor Zhivago, book by Michael Weller, directed by Des McAnuff (La Jolla Playhouse), with upcoming productions at The Stratford Festival in Canada, and in New York. His newest musical is Happiness, created for Lincoln Center Theater with Scott Frankel, John Weidman and director Susan Stroman, scheduled for opening in 2009 at The Mitzi Newhouse Theatre. Also with Frankel and bookwriter Allan Knee he is writing lyrics to a musical based on Finding Neverland for the Weinstein Company.
Korie’s lyrics were awarded The Edward Kleban Award and Jonathan Larson Foundation Award. He and Frankel received the ASCAP Foundation Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award for Grey Gardens. He serves on the Council for the Dramatists Guild, and teaches lyric writing at Yale.