Richard Maltby, Jr.

Richard Maltby, Jr.

Lyricist


Biography


Richard Maltby Jr. is a lyricist, director, book and screenplay writer, and producer who has made a name for himself in the theatre community through his work on many successful Broadway shows and musical revues. His claim to fame is his conception and direction of the only two musical revues to ever win the Tony Award for Best Musical.

Maltby was born in Ripon, Wisconsin, on October 6, 1937, to Virginia and Richard Maltby Sr, a famous band leader. He attended Yale where he met David Shire, a composer and his main collaborator, and they wrote two musicals together during their undergraduate years. They continued to work together after college, writing at least six full scores of songs, some of which gained notoriety by being sung by and featured on the albums of Barbra Streisand.

Maltby’s first big break came with the production of a musical revue of his songs in 1976 at both the Manhattan Theatre Club and the Barbarann Theatre Restaurant called Starting Here, Starting Now that ran for 120 performances and produced a cast album that was nominated for a Grammy Award. He then worked on Ain’t Misbehavin’, a musical revue about the life of Fats Walter, that was so successful that it moved to Broadway in 1978, ran for 1,604 performances, and garnered the Tony Award for Best Musical.

His next few ventures as lyricist include the musicals Baby and Song and Dance, as well as the revue Closer Than Ever all of which earned him Tony nods. However, his biggest success came a few years later with his work as co-lyricist on Miss Saigon (1991), which won three Tonys and ran for a decade. He also collaborated with them on the less successful Pirate Queen in 2007.

Other notable projects include lyrics for the musical Big (1996), direction of the Best Musical Tony-winning nod to Bob Fosse’s life called Fosse, and a screenplay for the film Miss Potter. He has been nominated for and won many awards including Tony Awards, a Grammy Award, an Olivier Award, Drama Desk awards, and an Outer Critics Circle award. In his free time, he also enjoys writing crosswords for Harper’s Magazine.


Shows by Richard Maltby, Jr.

Title
Synopsis

The Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s comes to life in the three-time Tony award-winning musical revue, Ain't Misbehavin’. Join five performers on a journey through the timeless music of Thomas “Fats” Waller. You’ll b... read more

The show concerns three couples on a university campus as they deal with the painful, rewarding and agonizingly funny consequences of conceiving a baby. There are the college students, barely at the beginning of their adult l... read more

Big

Josh Baskin is sick of being an awkward kid. At a carnival, he makes a wish to the Zoltar machine to become big. To his shock, his wish is granted. After an understandably awkward beginning, Josh is forced to do ˜adult' thin... read more

Closer Than Ever is a two-act musical revue. Each song is a story: about love, security, and finding happiness in an increasingly complicated world. Songs contain themes about aging, mid-life crisis, second marriages, and ro... read more

Miss Saigon is an epic, stunning adaptation of Puccini’s opera, Madame Butterfly, by the writers behind Les Miserables. Reframing Puccini’s story by setting it during the Vietnam War, Miss Saigon is a powerful and poignant ta... read more

Based on the story of Grace O’Malley, the personification of Ireland, The Pirate Queen is a sweeping epic of love, honor, and piracy in Renaissance Ireland. Grace O’Malley is the heir to the O’Malley clan, and proves herself... read more

‘Starting Here, Starting Now’ is a musical revue using the songs of Richard Maltby, Jr. and David Shire. The revue takes a cast of three through the maze of modern relationships with its heart firmly on its sleeve. As with a... read more

Overview

Nationality
USA
Born
10/6/1937
Show Categories
Musical
Genres
Jukebox/Revue, Drama, Fairy Tale/Fantasy, Romance, Historical/Biographical

Clips