JAMES VALCQ is a musical theatre composer, lyricist, and librettist, best known for his contributions to The Spitfire Grill, which won the Richard Rodgers Production Award presented by the American Academy of Arts and Letters and recieved Best Musical nominations from the Outer Critics Circle and Drama League, as well as two Drama Desk nominations. Also Off-Broadway, Valcq wrote the book, music, and lyrics for Zombies from The Beyond, which opened to great critical acclaim in 1995. Both The Spitfire Grill and Zombies from The Beyond have become staples in regional theatres, particularly The Spitfire Grill, one of the most frequently performed recent musicals with more than 350 productions to date, not only in every major American city but in Canada, Germany, South Korea, Australia, and Japan as well. Other New York credits include Fallout Follies at the York Theatre, Songs I Never Sang For My Father at the Village Theatre, and The Last Leaf, a collaboration with Tony-nominee Mary Bracken Phillips. He holds an MFA from NYU’s Musical Theatre Program and a BFA (on full scholarship) from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. In addition to musicals, Valcq has composed song cycles and choral pieces which have been performed in the U.S. and Europe.
The Spitfire Grill