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Henry Krieger & Robert Joy

Henry Krieger (born February 9, 1945 in New York City) is an American musical theatre composer. He most notably wrote the music for the Broadway shows Dreamgirls (1981, with lyrics and book by Tom Eyen),The Tap Dance Kid (1983), and Side Show (1997). Krieger lives in New York City's Greenwich Village. He has been romantically linked to actor Robert Joy since 1995.

Krieger was nominated for the Tony Awards for Best Score for both Dreamgirls and Side Show, won a Grammy Award for the cast album of Dreamgirls and received three Academy Award nominations for the songs he wrote for the 2006 film.

Born in New York City, Krieger grew up in Westchester County, New York and attended school in Scarborough, New York, which had a theatre that was a replica of the Helen Hayes Theatre. There he played in Gilbert and Sullivan's Iolanthe and Ruddigore. He became interested in theatre and the dramatic arts, and he later studied creative and liberal arts at the American University in Washington, D.C., and Columbia University in New York.

While still in his twenties, Krieger began composing for Off-Off-Broadway. Eyen and Krieger first worked together on the 1975 musical version of Eyen's revue The Dirtiest Show in Town, called The Dirtiest Musical in Town. Nell Carter's performance in that musical inspired Krieger and Eyen to craft a musical about black backup singers, which they workshopped for Joe Papp but shelved when Carter dropped out in 1978 to appear in Ryan's Hope. A year later, the project caught the interest of Broadway director/producer/choreograher Michael Bennett, who sponsored a workshop production of Big Dreams, as the musical was then known, with Devine and twenty-year-old gospel singer Jennifer Holliday as Carter's replacement. After several workshops, numerous rewrites and various roadblocks, the show, now called Dreamgirls, came to Broadway in 1981. It was a success, and was nominated for thirteen Tony Awards (including Best Score), winning six. One of its songs, "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" became a top hit, and others became popular songs. The original cast album won Krieger a Grammy Award.


Henry Krieger is an American musical theatre composer. He most notably wrote the music for the Broadway shows Dreamgirls (1981, with lyrics and book by Tom Eyen), The Tap Dance Kid (1983), and Side Show (1997). Krieger lives in New York City's Greenwich Village. He has been romantically linked to actor Robert Joy since 1995. Robert Joy is a Canadian actor. He is best known for his roles as Dr. Sid Hammerback in CSI: NY, Charlie in Land of the Dead and Lizard in The Hills Have Eyes.

Two years later, in 1983, Krieger's musical The Tap Dance Kid, with lyrics by Robert Lorick, opened at Broadway's Broadhurst Theatre and went on to win two Tony Awards.

Nearly 15 years later, his next Broadway musical, Side Show, with book and lyrics by Bill Russell, opened at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in 1997. Side Show received four Tony nominations, including Best Score.

In 2000, Krieger's musical Everything's Ducky, again with Russell, opened at TheatreWorks in Palo Alto, California. The show won the 2000 Backstage West Garland Award for Best Score as well as the Will Glickman Award for Best New Bay Area Play of 2000. The musical has since had productions in St. Louis, Cincinnati, La Mirada, and Chicago. The musical was later revised and retitled to Lucky Duck, debuting at the Boston Conservatory.

Krieger collaborated with Russell again on Kept, based on Alexandre Dumas, fils' classic, Camille. Kept premiered at TheatreWorks in 2002. Krieger and Russell also wrote "Santa's Gonna Rock and Roll", which would serve as opening number of the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular for over a decade, and also "Take the Flame," for the opening and closing ceremonies of Gay Games IV.

In 2002, Krieger also wrote the score for The Wonderful World of Disney's television version of Sleeping Beauty, with lyrics by Susan Birkenhead and starring Whitney Houston.

When the film version of Dreamgirls was released in 2006, the soundtrack became a number one album, and Krieger's songs from the soundtrack became hits again. Krieger wrote four new songs for the film version, and he had the distinction of being nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song three times in one year, for three of the songs: "Listen", "Love You I Do", and "Patience".

With Birkenhead, he contributed two songs to Hats!, the 2007 musical revue of the Red Hat Society.

In 2008, he wrote the music for the musical Romantic Poetry, which features a book and lyrics by John Patrick Shanley. The musical premiered at Manhattan Theatre Club at New York City Center in October 2008 and featured a cast that includes Jeb Brown, Jerry Dixon, Ivan Hernandez, Mark Linn Baker, Patina Miller, and Emily Swallow. According to press notes, "Connie of Woodmere has just married Fred of Newark, but her exes are back in the picture and not sure they approve of the union. Mary of Greenpoint climbs Frankie of Little Italy’s fire escape with amorous erotic intent - but things go awry as she reaches for her dream."

Krieger teamed up once again with Bill Russell to write the song “We Have to Change” for Spare Some Change: NYC Artists for Barack Obama on August 11, 2008 in New York City. The song was performed by Michael-Leon Wooley.

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Krieger

Robert Joy (born August 17, 1951) is a Canadian actor. He is best known for his roles as Dr. Sid Hammerback in CSI: NY, Charlie in Land of the Dead and Lizard in The Hills Have Eyes. Joy has been with Broadway composer Henry Krieger since 1995.

Joy was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and grew up in St John's, Newfoundland. He is the son of Flora Louise (née Pike) and Clifton Joseph Joy. He attended Corpus Christi College, Oxford, on a Rhodes Scholarship and Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Joy played Madonna's punk musician boyfriend Jim in 1985's Desperately Seeking Susan, and the Dutch-Israeli Hans in the 1986 Alliance/CTV production Sword of Gideon, an adaptation of George Jonas's book, Vengeance.

In 1998, he appeared in Gregory Hoblit's thriller Fallen, where he fit into the all-star cast that included Denzel Washington, Donald Sutherland, James Gandolfini, and John Goodman. In 2005, he had a lead role as the simple-minded sharpshooter Charlie in George A. Romero's latest zombie movie, Land of the Dead.

In the fall of 2005, Joy joined the CBS television show, CSI: NY, during its second season as a recurring character, Dr. Sid Hammerback, the Chief Medical Examiner, and became a main cast member in season five. Joy stated, "I basically read the script and then look up everything on Wikipedia that I don't know, and try to find out how to pronounce all the long words and get my head around actually what it is that I'm conveying, because often my character has a lot of explaining to do."

In 2006 Joy appeared onscreen in Alexandre Aja's remake of The Hills Have Eyes where he portrays a mutant named Lizard. He also starred as Ted Bedworth, father of Samaire Armstrong's character Nell Bedworth, in the 2006 romantic comedy It's a Boy Girl Thing. In 2007 Joy played the character of Colonel Stevens in Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem. He appeared as Dr. Stephen Hawking in the comedy, Superhero Movie in 2008.

In addition to his acting, Joy was frequently associated with the Newfoundland-based CODCO, working with the comedy troupe on many of their pre-television stage shows and appearing as a guest performer in the series. He also co-starred in the 1986 Andy Jones film, The Adventure of Faustus Bidgood, the only film that features the entire cast of CODCO.

He appeared as himself in the 2012 documentary film That Guy... Who Was in That Thing.

Joy is divorced from actress Mary Joy. They have one daughter, Ruby Joy, who is an actress. In the summer of 2011 Joy and his daughter performed together in Shakespeare's The Tempest.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Joy

Further Readings:

Dreamgirls - Broadway Revival: Piano/Vocal Selections
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Hal Leonard (October 1, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1423475917
ISBN-13: 978-1423475910
Amazon: Dreamgirls - Broadway Revival: Piano/Vocal Selections

Based upon the show business aspirations and successes of R&B acts such as the Supremes, James Brown and others, Dreamgirls follows the story of a young female singing trio from Chicago called "The Dreams." The production first hit Broadway in 1981, and was adapted for the screen in 2006, and then returned to the stage in 2009. Our songbook features selections from this most recent revival, including two NEW songs, never before published: "What Love Can Do" and "Listen," plus: And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going * Dreamgirls * Hard to Say Goodbye, My Love * I Am Changing * One Night Only * When I First Saw You (You Are My Dream) * and more. The book contains snazzy revival artwork, and all songs are in standard piano/vocal format with the melody in the piano part.

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