Nell Benjamin

Nell Benjamin was deeply humbled to plunder the work of her idol, W.S. Gilbert. Arthur Sullivan is only the second most brilliant composer with whom she has worked. Before eviscerating classics of British operetta, she co-wrote lyrics and music for Legally Blonde, the Musical, for which she and her husband, Laurence O’Keefe, received a 2007 Tony Award nomination for best score, and 2007 Drama Desk Award nominations for music and lyrics. They were also nominated for a 2005 Drama Desk for best book of a musical for Cam Jansen, and won an Ovation Award for their first collaboration, The Mice. Their musical Sarah, Plain and Tall (book by Julia Jordan) just premiered at Dallas Theater Center. Her work for television includes the last and weirdest season of “Unhappily Ever After,” Animal Planet’s “Whoa! Sunday” with Mo Rocca, and the New “Electric Company.” Ms. Benjamin is the recipient of the 2003 Kleban Foundation Award for lyrics and a 2003 Jonathan Larson Foundation Grant. She is a member of ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild of America.

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