Michael Greif: Broadway Legend & Champion of New Work

Four-time Tony Award-nominated director and longtime champion of new works, Michael Greif will make his Huntington debut this fall directing Michael Cristofer’s new play Man in the Ring. Over the last two decades, Greif has emerged as a leading director of groundbreaking new work both on and off Broadway, from his 1996 direction of Rent — which reshaped the world’s understanding of what a musical could be — to his most recent Tony Award-winning smash hit Dear Evan Hansen. His gift for cultivating resonant pieces that define generations of theatre lovers has earned him the distinction of helming not one, but two musicals (Rent and Next to Normal) that went on to earn Pulitzer Prizes — a rarity in the world of musical theatre.

“I’ve been very fortunate about being able to pick and choose,”Greif explains of his extraordinary track record of piloting projects that go on to earn critical acclaim. “A lot of great material has passed my way, and it’s been very inspirational.” But how does Greif pick and choose projects from the great throng of plays clamoring for the opportunity to be shaped by his direction? “It’s about the stories you’re drawn to. I’m drawn to stories that tend to involve themselves with struggles of identity, or struggles of less empowered groups of people… I’m interested in outsider stories, and that’s where I tend to come from.”

The Huntington is thrilled to welcome Michael Greif this November as he brings his formidable talent to Michael Cristofer’s powerful, epic story about legendary boxer Emile Griffith.


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