Michael Korie

Lyricist Librettist

Council Member, The Dramatists Guild of America

MICHAEL KORIE wrote the lyrics to the Broadway musicals War Paint and Grey Gardens both with music by Scott Frankel and book by playwright Doug Wright.  Also with Frankel, Far From Heaven at Playwrights Horizons, Happiness at Lincoln Center Theater, and Doll at Chicago's Ravinia Festival. Grey Gardens was recently awarded Best Off-West End Musical for its London premiere at Southwark Playhouse. Korie’s librettos to operas composed by Stewart Wallace include Harvey Milk at San Francisco Opera, Where’s Dick? at Houston Grand Opera, and Hopper’s Wife at New York City Opera. He adapted John Steinbeck’s novel for the libretto to The Grapes of Wrath composed by Ricky Ian Gordon, was produced this past season at  Opera Theatre of St.  Louis and soon to be seen in Detroit at Michigan Opera Theatre.  Other of his works have been produced at BAM Next Wave Festival, Carnegie Hall, and Disney Los Angeles Symphony Hall.  Korie collaborated with co-lyricist Amy Powers on the lyrics to the musical Doctor Zhivago composed by Lucy Simon, and currently in production internationally. For his work in both theater and opera, Korie received the American Academy of Arts and Letters Marc Blitzstein Award. His theater lyrics received the Richard Rodgers, Jonathan Larson and Edward Kleban awards. He teaches lyric writing at Yale School of Drama and libretto writing at Columbia School of the Arts.


Co-chairs the Dramatists Guild Fellows Program as well as the Opera Committee. Wrote lyrics to Broadway musicals Grey Gardens and War Paint, librettos to operas Harvey Milk and The Grapes of Wrath.