"I wouldn’t change a single thing I’ve done.
Even wasted moments I would trace,
Knowing they would lead to your embrace.
Beginnings never end once they’re begun.
Ours began a thousand years ago,
Moving toward the only thing I know..."
– Mary Vetsera in Rudolph
Jack Murphy has worked on a wide variety of projects as both lyricist and composer. Collaborating with composer and writing partner Frank Wildhorn, he wrote lyrics for Linda Eder's EMI CD, Atlantic CDs, as well as her new release on Sony. Jack has written and performed albums for many record labels including A&M, Verve, MGM, Elektra, Columbia and ABC Dunhill, and was a staff writer for United Artists Music.
In collaboration with Mary Bracken Phillips, Jack composed the score for the musical Silver Dollar, which debuted at the Goodspeed Opera House, with a second production at the Stage One Theater in Wichita directed by Scott Schwartz. Jack also wrote and directed a play for the Progress Energy Theater in Raleigh, North Carolina titled Gods of Autumn, which had its World Premier on August 20, 2008.
In collaboration with Frank Wildhorn and Gregory Boyd of the Alley Theater in Houston, Texas, he wrote the lyrics for The Civil War, which garnered him a Tony Nomination for Best Score when it debuted on Broadway at the St. James Theater. He was back on Broadway again at the St. James Theater with two songs penned for the hit show, Swing.
Jack has collaborated with composer Frank Wildhorn on numerous projects, including a musical about a 1920s American author and his wife, suggested by the lives of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, titled Zelda for which Jack has written the Book and Lyrics. The production was directed by Vincent Marini at the Lenape Regional Performing Arts Center in Marlton, New Jersey.
Frank and Jack have had several successful European World Premiers. The musical, Rudolf, Premiered in Budapest, Hungary in May of 2006, with a second Premier at the Imperial Theater in Tokyo, Japan on May 6, 2008. The show had its third Opening Night in Vienna, Austria on February 26, 2009 in a production directed by David Leveaux. In October, 2008 a modern take on Carmen, with Book by Norman Allen, opened in Prague, Czech Republic. On March 14, 2009, The Count of Monte Cristo had its World Premier at the Theatre St. Gallen in Switzerland, with another Production in Seoul, Korea in April of 2010.
Another Murphy/Wildhorn/Boyd collaboration is Wonderland — with music by Frank Wildhorn, Book by Jack Murphy and Gregory Boyd, Lyrics by Jack Murphy, and directed by Gregory Boyd. After a successful World Premier at the Tampa Bay Straz Center for the Performing Arts, followed by another successful run at the Alley Theatre in Houston, Texas, Wonderland enjoyed a short, but sweet, run on BROADWAY in the spring of 2011. The musical went on to have its European premiere at the Edinburgh Playhouse in January 2017, which marked the start of a UK tour.
Next up for the collaborative team of Murphy and Wildhorn was Death Note: The Musical, which is based on the Japanese manga series of the same name by Tsunami Ohba and Takeshi Obata. With Music by Frank Wildhorn, Lyrics by Jack Murphy and book by Ivan Menchell.Development for the musical was announced in December 2013 and The show had its world premiere on April 6, 2015 at the in Nissay Theatre Tokyo, Japan, with a Korean production opening the following July and running through August, at the Opera House of Seongnam Arts Center in Seoul.
The latest Murphy/Wildhorn collaboration is The Man Who Laughs. Based on Victor Hugo's novel, the romantic melodrama is credited with inspiring the comic book figure The Joker, based on the character, Gwynplaine. With Music by Frank Wildhorn, Lyrics by Jack Murphy , Book by Robert Johnson, and directed by Robert Johnson, this musical interpretation of this classic tale is one of Korea's biggest theatrical spectacles this year, Making it’s world premiere in Seoul, South Korea on July 10, 2018 and scheduled to run through October.
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