Richard Maltby Jr.
Richard Eldridge Maltby Jr.
October 6, 1937
Ripon, Wisconsin, United States
|Occupation||Theatre director, producer, lyricist, screenwriter|
|Parent(s)||Richard Maltby, Sr.|
Virginia (née Hosegood)
Richard Eldridge Maltby Jr. (born October 6, 1937) is an American theatre director and producer, lyricist, and screenwriter. He conceived and directed the only two musical revues to win the Tony Award for Best Musical: Ain't Misbehavin' (1978: Tony, N.Y. Drama Critics, Outer Critics, Drama Desk Awards, also Tony Award for Best Director) and Fosse (1999: Tony, Outer Critics, Drama Desk Awards).
Life and career
Maltby and David Shire started working together as students at Yale University (where he was a member of Manuscript Society); their first Broadway credit was in 1968, when their song "The Girl of the Minute" was used in the revue New Faces of 1968. In 1977 the Manhattan Theatre Club produced a revue of their earlier songs, written for other works, finally titled Starting Here, Starting Now. With composer Shire, Maltby was the director and lyricist for Baby, (1983, book by Sybille Pearson) and the lyricist for Big (1996, book by John Weidman). Also with Shire, he conceived and wrote the lyrics for Take Flight (book by John Weidman), which had its world premiere in July 2007 at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London.
He was director/co-lyricist for the American version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Song and Dance, (1986) starring Bernadette Peters. He was co-lyricist for Miss Saigon (Evening Standard Award 1990; Tony nomination: Best Score, 1991).
He also conceived and directed Ring of Fire, a musical about Johnny Cash, which ran on Broadway in 2006. He is co-bookwriter/lyricist for The Pirate Queen (2007). He was most recently represented on Broadway as the director of the new, original musical The Story of My Life by composer/lyricist Neil Bartram and book writer Brian Hill. That musical had a brief run at the Booth Theatre in February 2009. and received a 2009 Drama Desk Award nomination for outstanding production of a musical.
He has also constructed cryptic crossword puzzles for Harper's Magazine, sometimes in collaboration with E. R. Galli (before 1995), since the January 1976 issue, and in New York Magazine in the early 1970s.
Maltby married twice: first to Barbara Black Sudler on June 5, 1965 (they had two children, Nicholas and David), and second, in 1987, to Janet Brenner (they had three children, Jordan Maltby, Emily and Charlotte). He now has seven grandchildren, Aidan, Emma, Liam, Owen, Matt, Lionel and Jesse Maltby.
- Baby, 1983 (Director/Lyricist)
- Blood Knot, 1985 (Producer)
- Song and Dance, 1986 (Director/Co-lyricist)
- Miss Saigon, 1989 (Lyricist)
- Nick & Nora, 1991 (Lyricist)
- Big, 1996 (Lyricist)
- Fosse, 1999 (Director)
- Bea Arthur on Broadway, 2002 (Production Consultant)
- Ring of Fire, 2006 (Creator/Director)
- The Pirate Queen, 2007 (Writer/Lyricist)
- Closer Than Ever, (1989, two Outer Critics Circle Awards: Best Musical, Best Score) with David Shire
- Starting Here, Starting Now, director/lyricist (1977 Grammy nomination) with David Shire
- The Story of My Life, 2009 (Director)
- Love Match, lyricist (1968, Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles)
- The 60's Project, director, (2006, Goodspeed Opera House)
- Waterfall, book and lyrics; David Shire music (2015), Pasadena Playhouse
- Miss Potter, (2007), Screenplay, starring Renée Zellweger and Ewan McGregor (Christopher Award, best screenplay)
Awards and nominations
- 1978 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical - Ain't Misbehavin
- 1990 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Score - Closer Than Ever
- 1999 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical - Fosse
- 2001 Laurence Olivier Award - Fosse
- 1977 Grammy Award for Best Original Cast Recording - Starting Here, Starting Now
- 1984 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lyrics - Baby
- 1984 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical - Baby
- 1984 Tony Award for Best Original Score - Baby
- 1986 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical - Song and Dance
- 1986 Tony Award for Best Musical - Song and Dance
- 1986 Tony Award for Best Original Score - Song and Dance
- 1986 Tony Award for Best Play - Blood Knot
- 1990 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lyrics - Closer Than Ever
- 1991 Tony Award for Best Original Score - Miss Saigon
- 1992 Tony Award for Best Original Score - Nick & Nora
- 1996 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lyrics - Big
- 1996 Tony Award for Best Original Score - Big
- 1999 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Musical - Fosse
- Theatre Alliance, January 22, 2008
- "Take Flight Takes Off at London's Menier Chocolate Factory July 13" playbill.com, July 13, 2007
- "Pirate Queen Unfurls Her Sails on Broadway March 6" playbill.com, March 6, 2007
- "The Story of My Life, With Gets and Chase, Aims for Broadway in February 2009" playbill.com, November 12, 2008
- The New York Times review, February 18, 2002
- NODANW listing
- Playbill article, Aug. 10, 2006, Flashback: Maltby Directs The 60's Project, a Musical Tale of a Generation
- Virini, Bob. "L.A. Theater Review: ‘Waterfall’ with Thai Pop Star Bie Sukrit", Variety, June 12, 2015