Tommy was turned into a motion picture where Ken Russell’s directorial vision of the troubled boy featured performances by Elton John, Eric Clapton, Tina Turner, Jack Nicholson, Ann-Margret and The Who.
Willie Reale is a free-lance writer, living in New York. He has collaborated with his brother, Robert, on a musical called Once Around The City, which was produced by New York Stage and Film and at the Second Stage Theatre in New York. Quark Victory, another musical written with his brother, was produced by the Williamstown Theatre
Festival. Other plays have been produced at the Ensemble Studio Theatre, the Actors Theatre of Louisville, and Circle Repertory Company. With his brother he has written A Year With Frog and Toad, which was performed at the Childrens’ Theater Company in Minneapolis, the New Victory Theatre and at the Cort Theater on Broadway. Willie received two Tony nominations for his book and lyrics.
In 1981, he founded The 52nd Street Project, an organization that brings inner-city children together with professional theater artists
to create theater. He served as the theater’s artistic director for 18 years. With the Project, he produced hundreds of plays. The programs of The 52nd Street Project are currently being replicated at 12 sites across the country through a series of publications entitled The Kid
Theater Kit. For the kit he wrote “52 Pick Up,” the Project how-to manual, as well as numerous plays, and the lyrics to hundreds of songs,
including two full-length musicals, all of which are available through Dramatists Play Service. In June of 1994, he was awarded a MacArthur
in recognition of his ingenuity in creating theater and theater education programs for young people.
For television, Mr. Reale has written for the NBC dramas Homicide: Life on the Streets, Deadline and Mr. Sterling. For Fox he has written for
Keen Eddie and The Jury. He created a series called Out There for Sesame Workshop and the BBC, which shot in Australia. His work on the
show was recognized by an Australian Film Institute Award (The Australian Emmy) and Prix Jeunesse and Writers’ Guild of America
nominations. He has taught at New York University and the Yale School of Drama.
Willie is married to producer Jenny Gersten. They have two children, Augustus and Leonardo.
A Year With Frog And Toad
A Year With Frog And Toad KIDS
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