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In the Room - Tesori

Episode 60
Jeanine Tesori

In an interview for publication in the Broadway Issue of The Dramatist, Jeanine Tesori shares her process and talks about the musical inspiration for her award-winning Violet and Twelfth Night at Lincoln Center.

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Composer, Music Arranger

Jeanine Tesori has written three Tony-nominated scores for Broadway, has received the Olivier Award for Best New Musical, an NY Drama Critics Circle Award, Drama Desk and Obie Awards, and was cited by ASCAP as the first woman composer to have "two new musicals running concurrently on Broadway." Film scores include Nights in Rodanthe, Winds of Change, Show Business and Wrestling With Angels, and she composed songs for the movie Shrek the Third.  Ms. Tesori is a member of the Dramatists Guild. She is a graduate of Barnard College and lives in Manhattan with her husband, Michael Rafter, and daughter, Siena. In 2014, Jeanine and her collaborator, Lisa Kron, were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for their musical Fun Home.

Works Include: Violet (1997), Twelfth Night (1998), Dream (music arrangement) (1998), The Sound of Music (revival; music arrangement)(1998), Swing (music arrangement) (1999), Thoroughly Modern Millie (2002), Caroline, or Change (2004), Mother Courage and Her Children (incidental music)(2006), Shrek the Musical (2008), A Blizzard on Marblehead Neck (2011), Fun Home (2013), The Lion, The Unicorn, and Me (2013).