BroadwayWorld is saddened to report the death of Martin Charnin, lyricist and director of Broadway. The news was reported on Facebook by Charnin's daughter, Sasha. Charnin was 84.
Martin Charnin is perhaps best known for devising, directing and writing the lyrics for the hit Broadway musical Annie.
Charnin started his career as an actor, playing the role of "Big Deal" in the original production of West Side Story, both on Broadway and on tour.
He then started writing music and lyrics for the revues of Off-Broadway and cabaret, as well as for night club performances for people like Dionne Warwick, Nancy Wilson, Leslie Uggams and more.
His first time he wrote lyrics for a musical on Broadway was Hot Spot in 1963, with Judy Holliday as the star.
In the 1970s, Charnin worked on television, where he invented, produced, wrote and directed six variety specials. He won an Emmy in 1971 for his work on "Annie, The Woman in the Life of a Man." The following year he won two primetime Emmy Awards for "S & # 39; Wonderful, S & # 39; Marvelous, S & # 39; Gershwin."
Charnin & # 39; s Broadway directing debut was in 1973, when he invented and directed Nash for Nine.
Annie premiered at the Goodspeed Opera House in 1976. Charnin is credited as the show's creator, copywriter and director, who was then transferred to Broadway for 2,327 performances. He won the Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Director and Outstanding Lyrics, as well as the Tony Award for Best Original Score.
Charnin continued to lead many American companies of Annie, as well as West End productions and productions in Australia and Amsterdam. He also directed the 20th anniversary production on Broadway, the 30th anniversary production that toured the US in 2004 and the 2014 national tour.
After Annie's success, Charnin wrote lyrics and directed a wide range of shows and revues on Broadway. View his page on BroadwayWorld here for a full list of Charnin credits.
Charnin was artistic director of Showtunes !, a theater company in Seattle, Washington that revives lesser-known musicals, and celebrates the work of composers such as Richard Rodgers and Irving Berlin.
Charnin is survived by his wife, Shelly Burch, two children, Randy Charnin and Sasha Charnin Morrison, and three grandchildren, Maxwell Charnin and Gus and Oliver Morrison.
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