T.E. Klunzinger

Composer Librettist Playwright Lyricist

Mr. Klunzinger is presently sort of retired but is always available for paying jobs. He still has his wits about him, having recently completed "Unfunny Valentine," a new musical about the lyricist Lorenz Hart. He won First Place in the 2011 CTAM Playwriting Contest for "A Sale in Boston." He has acted and directed over the years, with bookend appearances at Michigan State University as Dr. Harvey in "Punk Rock" in 2016 and as Cleante in "The Miser" in 1964. He played Honore in "Gigi", which he also directed, at Lansing's Riverwalk Theatre in 2008; he was President of Riverwalk 1990-92. He has been twice elected to local office (Township Board, 1980 and 1996) and was appointed to the 1972 United States Assay Commission by President Nixon. He was the Republican Congressional nominee in Michigan's 17th District in 1970. He currently serves as President of his condo association which often provides more drama than he would like.


Unfunny Valentine: The Music of Lorenz Hart (musical), 2017.

Shostakovich in New York, 2016.

Dee, All Alone in Her Cottage (musical), Concert Version, Riverwalk Theatre, July 2016.

Just Wanna Dance (musical), Concert Version, Rivewalk Renegade Selection, August 2014.

The Man in the Iron Mask (musical), Concert Version, Riverwalk Renegade Selection, August 2013.

A Sale in Boston, First Place Winner, CTAM Playwriting Contest, 2011.

Tallulah in London (musical), Concert Version, Dramatists Guild, Los Angeles, February 2010; New York @ Urban Stages, December 2010; NYSMS January 2011; Riverwalk Renegade Selection, August 2012.

Rush Limbaugh in Hell (musical), Concert Version, Urban Stages, New York, June 2004.

Butterknife (musical), Concert Version, Dramatists Guild, New York, August 2002.

Folles (musical), Lansing Civic Players, July 2001; Finalist for Stanley Award of Wagner College, May 2002.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (musical), Riverwalk Theatre, July 1999; Concert Version presented by Urban Stages, February 2000

The Passion of Richard II (Equity production), Riverwalk Theatre, July 1998; Festival Version presented at Michigan AACTFest, March 2015.

What About the Hungarian?, Lansing Civic Players, September 1996.

Like A Brother, Rufus Company, New York, October 1995.

To Be Announced (musical), Riverwalk Theatre, August 1991; Revised Version presented by Sunsets With Shakespeare, November 2005.

Beloved Friend, Riverwalk Theatre, October 1990 featuring Anthony Heald; Urban Stages, New York, March 1997.