Martin Charnin was an American lyricist, writer, and theatre director. He was best-known work is as conceiver, director, and lyricist of the musical Annie.
Martin Charnin Bio
Martin Charnin was born on 24 November 1934 in New York, USA. He graduated from The High School of Music & Art and then from The Cooper Union, where he earned a BFA. Charnin began his theatrical career as a performer, appearing as “Big Deal”, one of the Jets in the original production of West Side Story.
He played the role for 1000 performances on Broadway and on the road.
He wrote music and lyrics for numerous Off-Broadway and cabaret revues, many of them for Julius Monk.
then He went on to write, direct, and produce nightclub acts for Dionne Warwick, Nancy Wilson, Mary Travers, Larry Kert, Jose Ferrer, and Leslie Uggams.
Martin has two children, Randy Charnin and Sasha Charnin Morrison and three grandchildren, Maxwell Charnin and Gus and Oliver Morrison. He lived with his wife, Shelly Burch, in New York.
- 1971 Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Program-Variety or Musical-Variety and Popular Music – Annie, the Women in the Life of a Man
- 1972 Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Program-Variety or Musical-Variety and Popular Music – S’Wonderful, S’Marvelous, S’Gershwin
- 1973 Peabody Award for Broadcasting – S’Wonderful, S’Marvelous, S’Gershwin
- 1977 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Musical – Annie
- 1977 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lyrics – Annie
- 1977 Tony Award for Best Original Score – Annie
- 1999 Grammy Award for Best Rap Album – Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life
- 2006 The Richard Rodgers Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Performing Arts
- 2011 Goodspeed Musical Award for Outstanding Contribution to the American Musical Theatre
- 2013 The first George M. Cohan Ascap Award
Death and Cause
Martin Charnin died on 7th July 2019. He has died at the age of 84