Michael John LaChiusa

Michael John LaChiusa

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Michael John LaChiusa (born July 24, 1962) is an American musical theatre and opera composer, lyricist, and librettist. He is best known for complex, musically challenging shows such as Hello Again, Marie Christine, The Wild Party, and See What I Wanna See. He has been nominated for the Tony Award for his score and book for Marie Christine, and for his books for The Wild Party and Chronicle of a Death Foretold.


LaChiusa grew up in Chautauqua, New York, the eldest of three boys in an Italian Catholic family. His parents had a "ery mentally abusive" relationship; Michael was not close to his father, but was encouraged by his mother to pursue his interest in music.Green, Jesse. , The New York Times, 2006-03-05. Retrieved on 2008-02-29. He taught himself to play piano at the age of seven and had little formal music training. LaChiusa was influenced early on by the music of "modern American composers" such as John Corigliano, John Adams, and Philip Glass, as well as the musical theatre composers George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, and Stephen Sondheim.Heilpern, John. , The New York Observer, 2003-03-03. Retrieved on 2008-03-01. LaChiusa graduated high school early and enrolled in a...
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