Michael Stewart (playwright)

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Michael Stewart
Born Michael Stuart Rubin
(1924-08-01)August 1, 1924
New York, New York
Died September 20, 1987(1987-09-20) (aged 63)
New York, New York
Occupation Playwright, librettist
Nationality American
Education MFA (1953)
Alma mater Yale School of Drama
Period 1955 - 1985
Genre Musical theater
Notable works Bye Bye Birdie (1960)
Carnival! (1961)
Hello, Dolly! (1964)
George M! (1968)
Mack & Mabel (1974)
Barnum (1980)
42nd Street (1980)
Notable awards Tony Award for Best Musical
1961 Bye Bye Birdie
1964 Hello, Dolly!
Tony Award for Best Author of a Musical
1964 Hello, Dolly!
Relatives Francine Pascal (sister)
John Pascal (brother-in-law)

Michael Stewart (August 1, 1924 – September 20, 1987) was an American playwright and librettist for the stage.

Life and career

Born Myron[1] Stuart Rubin in Manhattan, Stewart attended Queens College, and graduated from the Yale School of Drama with a Master of Fine Arts in 1953.[2][3]

His early work was writing sketches for the revues The Shoestring Revue (1955),[4] The Littlest Revue (1956),[5] and Shoestring '57 (1956, Barbizon-Plaza, New York).[6] He then joined the staff writers of Sid Caesar's television program, Caesar's Hour.[2]

He met Charles Strouse and Lee Adams in 1954, and several years after collaborated with them and Gower Champion on the 1960 Broadway musical Bye Bye Birdie.[2] He worked again with Champion and Jerry Herman, with their musical Hello, Dolly! opening on Broadway in 1964.[2]

Stewart died on September 20, 1987 in New York City. Jule Styne said of him: "He was an extremely talented and knowledgeable man of the theater. He was one of the great musical-theater writers, and his string of hits showed that."[2] Stewart's sister was writer Francine Pascal.

Theatre credits


  1. Mitchell Loebel, 1st cousin
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Gerard, Jeremy. "Michael Stewart Is Dead 63; Author of Broadway Musicals", The New York Times, September 21, 1987, Section B, p.16
  3. His name should be shown as "Myron Rubin"-edited by Mitchell Loebel ... first cousin
  4. The Shoestring Revue. BroadWayWorld.com, accessed January 3, 2011
  5. The Littlest Revue. BroadWayWorld.com, accessed January 3, 2011
  6. Funke, Lewis. "Theatre: 'Shoestring '57': New Revue Arrives at the Barbizon-Plaza", The New York Times, November 6, 1956, p.31
  7. Rich, Frank."Stage:'Harrigan 'n Hart' Opens at the Longacre" The New York Times, February 1, 1985


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