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Michael John LaChiusa

MICHAEL JOHN LaCHIUSA is the composer and lyricist of a new musical, The House of Bernarda Alba, with libretto by Richard Nelson, which will premiere at Lincoln Center Theater, February 2006. His latest musical, Send (who are you? I love you), written for Audra McDonald premiered at Houston Grand Opera in March 2006. The Highest Yellow, commissioned by the Signature Theatre, premiered in 2004, and received two Helen Hayes Awards. Mr. LaChiusa was represented on Broadway during the 1999-2000 season by The Wild Party and Marie Christine, receiving Tony nominations for Best Score and Best Book (with George C. Wolfe on The Wild Party) for each show. Other works include Little FishHello AgainFirst Lady SuiteBreak/Agnes/Eulogy for Mister Hamm, and Chronicle for a Death Foretold for which he received a Tony nomination for Best Book (with Graciela Daniele and Jim Lewis) in 1996. He was the 1998-1999 Composer-in-Residence at the Lyric Opera of Chicago where his piece Lovers & Friends: (Chautauqua Variations) had its world premiere in June 2001. Mr. LaChiusa is an Obie-award winner (Hello Again and First Lady Suite) as well as the recipient of the Gilman-Gonzalez-Falla Musical Theatre Award.

Bio as of October, 2005.