The musical Grand Hotel began life as "At The Grand" produced on the West Coast in 1958. With some new songs, a new book and a new name, it took Broadway by storm in 1989, running for 1,018 performances.
DAVID SHIRE wrote the music for Baby (Tony nominations for Best Score and
Musical) and Big (nominated for Best Score). Off-Broadway credits include
Starting Here, Starting Now (Grammy nomination), Closer Than Ever (Outer Critics
Award for Best Musical and Score), Urban Blight (MTC), The Sap of Life, and
incidental scores for As You Like It (NYSF), The Unknown Soldier and His Wife, The
Loman Family Picnic, Shmulnik’s Waltz and Visiting Mr. Green. He and his
long-time collaborator Richard Maltby are at work on Take Flight, a new musical
which will premiere at the Charlotte Rep in the spring of 2004.
His many film scores include Norma Rae (Academy Award for Best Song), Francis
Coppola’s The Conversation, All the President’s Men, The Taking of Pelham
1-2-3, Farewell, My Lovely, ‘Night, Mother, Return to Oz and Saturday Night Fever
for which he won two Grammy Awards. His numerous television scores have
earned five Emmy nominations and include Sarah Plain and Tall , Rear Window, Raid
on Entebbe,The Women of Brewster Place, The Kennedys of Massachusetts, The
Heidi Chronicles, Jake’s Women and Broadway Bound.
His songs have been recorded by Barbra Streisand, Maureen McGovern, Melissa
Manchester, Jennifer Warnes, Kiri Ti Kanawa and many others, and include the
international Billy Preston & Syreeta hit “With You I’m Born Again” and the
Oscar-winning “It Goes Like It Goes.”
Mr. Shire is a member of the Dramatists Guild Council, the proud husband of
actress Didi Conn and doting father of sons Matthew and Daniel.
Big, The Musical
Maltby and Shire's Closer Than Ever
Starting Here, Starting Now
Big, The Musical TYA