May 6, 2021
Meet the Artists: Dick Scanlan
Dick Scanlan knows a thing or two about making a Broadway musical, with a particular knack for adapting beloved movies for the stage, including Thoroughly Modern Millie, the Tony Award-winning Best Musical; and a new musical, An Officer and a Gentleman, which will be part of the upcoming Broadway at the Ordway season (which he will also direct). Dick was nominated for Tony and Drama Desk Awards for the book for the musical Everyday Rapture, and was a script consultant on the Broadway production of Motown the Musical. Scanlan has written articles that appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and Playboy; his short stories have been published in Best American Gay Fiction; and he served as editor-in-chief of POZ, a national magazine for people living with HIV/AIDS. Scanlan and composer Josh Schmidt have been commissioned by The Metropolitan Opera/Lincoln Center Theater to write Fallingwater, an opera based on the family for which Frank Lloyd Wright designed his most famous building. Join us for this very special Meet the Artists event with Dick Scanlan: a thoroughly modern gentleman.
This conversation will last approximately 60 minutes, followed by a 20-minute audience Q&A session. Audience questions may be submitted throughout the program.
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Meet the Artists
Meet the Artists is a series of livestreamed conversations with performers, directors, designers, and more, curated to take you inside our flagship series, Broadway at the Ordway. Join Ordway Producing Artistic Director Rod Kaats and have your very own virtual "audience" with the incredible local and national artists who make our Broadway shows so special.
About the Artists
Dick Scanlan wrote the musicals Thoroughly Modern Millie (Tony Award for Best Musical), Everyday Rapture (co-written with Sherie Rene Scott/Tony nomination for Best Book), Renascence (Transport Group/co-directed with Jack Cummings III/Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best New Musical), a revised version of The Unsinkable Molly Brown (Transport Group/ Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Revival/Drama Desk nomination for Best Book), and Extraordinary (A.R.T. at Cambridge). With Sherie Rene Scott, he co-wrote the play Whorl Inside a Loop (Second Stage/co-directed with Michael Mayer), and with Jeanine Tesori, he wrote the song “The Girl in 14G” for Kristin Chenoweth. Mr. Scanlan served as script consultant to the legendary Berry Gordy in connection with Motown The Musical. In 2015, he directed Jake Gyllenhaal and Ellen Greene in Little Shop of Horrors at Encores! Off-Center. Dick also directed Sherie Rene Scott and Norbert Leo Butz in Twohander at 54 Below. His novel, Does Freddy Dance, published in 1995 by Alyson Publications, was reissued in paperback in 1997. His short fiction has been seen in numerous literary journals and commercial magazines, and is included in the inaugural edition of Best American Gay Fiction (Little, Brown). He has published numerous articles and essays in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, The Village Voice, Playboy, and many other publications.