Scanlan has written articles that have appeared in The New York Times "Arts & Leisure" section, The Village Voice, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, The Advocate, Playboy and Theatre Week.
His short stories have been published in many magazines and are included in Best American Gay Fiction (1996). Scanlan was a guest editor for the Tony Award edition of Playbill for 1997 and 1998. His critically acclaimed novel Does Freddy Dance was published in 1995.
He is an accomplished actor, best known for his portrayal of Miss Great Plains in the 1991 musical Pageant.
He is the co-book writer (with Richard Morris) and lyricist of the musical Thoroughly Modern Millie, which premiered on Broadway in 2002. He is the co-writer, with Sherie Rene Scott, of the musical Everyday Rapture, which opened Off-Broadway in May 2009 and again on Broadway on April 29, 2010.
In 2011, it was announced that Scanlan is reworking piece originally by Morris (first being Millie), the 1960 Meredith Willson musical The Unsinkable Molly Brown. Scanlan was asked by Morris during Millie if he would look at Molly Brown, and Scanlan declined because of the work they were doing on Millie. After Morris died, his estate contacted Scanlan and asked him to re-write it, Scanlan declined because he already rewrote one of Morris' pieces and had other projects in development. Freddie Gershon, president of MTI asked him again to look Molly Brown, which is considered an underexposed property of MTI's. Scanlan agreed, re-wrote the script to change the fanciful non-fiction plot to a more factual one. The show had a planned reading in 2011 reading with Sutton Foster and Marc Kudisch.
Jim Parsons, Jessica Hecht and more celebrate the opening night of 'Harvey' on June 15, 2012 at Studio 54: Three-time Tony nominee Dick Scanlan (r.) and his partner enjoy the after-party. Photographer: Bruce Glikas, © Broadway.com
Dick Scanlan (born 1960) is an American librettist, writer, and actor. He said: "I never want to imply that I lived because I have a stronger life drive than the people who died" Scanlan says, emphatically crediting his rebound to the anti-HIV drug cocktail instead. "I've lost so many people who I knew to be passionate and committed to their lives. That said, it is absolutely true that your outlook contributes to your longevity. I chose to keep investing in my future — even when I had no future"
He is HIV-positive. He said: "I never want to imply that I lived because I have a stronger life drive than the people who died," Scanlan says, emphatically crediting his rebound to the anti-HIV drug cocktail instead. "I've lost so many people who I knew to be passionate and committed to their lives. That said, it is absolutely true that your outlook contributes to your longevity. I chose to keep investing in my future — even when I had no future."
Does Freddy Dance by Dick Scanlan
Hardcover: 207 pages
Publisher: Alyson Books; 1st edition (September 1995)
Amazon: Does Freddy Dance
Taken together and spanning more than 30 years, this collection of crucial stories from Freddy's life resonates with the hopes and losses of gay life today. "A perfect gay novel, a canny combination of humor and passion that gives the genre a much-needed boost."--The Advocate.
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