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Kelly Hamilton

KELLY HAMILTON  (1945 - )

Nationality:    USA
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Literary Agent:    William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, LLC  


Kelly Hamilton: (b 5 July 1945, San Francisco Ca) Composer, lyricist and author of musical plays and operas. His father was Francis Hamilton, a newspaperman and jazz critic; his mother, Doris, sang and played piano, but died when he was 11. He grew up in atherton, south of San Francisco, where he began writing and producing musicals as a teenager, basing them on classic works like Jane eyre and the Scarlet Letter. He moved to Hollywood in the late 1960s where he attended UCLa, wrote songs for Capitol Records and joined Lehman engel's BMI Musical Theater Workshop. Surprise! is a musical version of Moliere's Tartuffe, premiered in 1970 in a small Theater in Hollywood, and subsequently produced in San Francisco. In the early 1970s he wrote Dance On a Country Grave, a romantic musical based on Thomas Hardy's the Return of the Native. the show premiered in Chicago in 1974, starring andrea Marcovicci as eustacia Vye with a cast that included John Savage, Shawn elliott and David Selby. the music orchestrated by Eddie Sauter, the show was acclaimed as 'a thing of beauty and joy,' won a Joseph Jefferson award, and has been produced in a variety of regional Theaters, most notably off-Broadway in 1977 where it starred Kevin Kline and Donna theodore, and in Philadelphia in 1998, when the score was at last recorded with the gifted Denise Whelan. the show has been optioned three times for Broadway and twice for London, but no producer has yet been able to put a deal together. During that period, Hamilton also wrote Saga, which has been described as a folk-rock-jazz-gospel-ragtime operA. a dark, folkloric portrait of America, the show was produced in 1979 by the Lyric Theater of New York with Stephen Bogardus in his first starring role. In an abrupt change of style, Hamilton wrote Trixie True, Teen Detective, a jaunty farce about a publishing company churning out a series of Nancy Drew-style books. the show premiered Off-Broadway in 1980 at Lucille Lortel's Theatre De Lys and has become part of the standard repertory. a cast album was recorded in 2006, the same year Hamilton completed a new musical about an earthshaking event, the Last Big Thing.
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Dance On A Country Grave         Great Reception         Last Big Thing, The         Saga         Small Fries         Stevenson By Heart         Surprise!         Trixie True, Teen Detective         White Star Crossing



Dance On A Country Grave

Dance On A Country Grave
Romantic musical based on Thomas Hardy's the Return of the Native

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I would like to give credit to the original stars of Dance On a Country Grave because they were so brilliant: Andrea Marcovicci, David Selby, John Savage and Shawn Elliot.
- Kelly Hamilton

1st Produced:
arlington Park Theatre, Chicago    1974

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1st Published:
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Music:
Revival cast recording: Original Cast Records (OC 8804) 1998

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Great Reception

Great Reception
Musical about a suburban family who play themselves in a 1959 sitcom.

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Last Big Thing, The

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revolving around an earthshaking event

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Saga

Saga
Musical based on American legends

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Starred: Stephen Bogardus

1st Produced:
Lyric Theater of New York    1979

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1st Published:
Broadway Play Publishing, New York, 1983.    saga

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CD available through Green Gravel Music at Footlights.com

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Small Fries

Small Fries
Musical for kids commissioned by New York City Arts Connection and performed around New York by inner city children.

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1st Produced:
92nd Street Y, New York    1983

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New York City Arts Connection

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Stevenson By Heart

Stevenson By Heart
concerning the life and times of Robert Louis Stevenson

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composer Peter Matz, book Gene Levitt, lyrics Kelly Hamilton

1st Produced:
Hawaii    1995

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Surprise!

Surprise!
Musical based on Moliere's Tartuffe

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1st Produced:
Alcazar Theater in San Francisco    1978

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Trixie True, Teen Detective

Trixie True, Teen Detective
a musical about a writer, his publisher, and their literary creation, Trixie True

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Starred: Marilyn Sokol. Album: Original Cast Album Records

1st Produced:
Lucille Lortel's Theatre de Lys, NY    29562

Organisations:
Maverick Productions

1st Published:
Samuel French, NY, 1981   OC-6180

Music:
Revival cast recording: Original Cast Records (OC 6180) 2006

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White Star Crossing

White Star Crossing
An hallucinatory opera concerning occult events aboard the Titanic.

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