Program Chair

Laurence O’Keefe

Laurence O’Keefe is a composer, lyricist and bookwriter for Broadway, film and television.  Larry also co-produced the LA and NY productions of Heathers, which received a Drama Desk nomination for music and the Album Award for Best Off-Broadway Cast Album.  Larry and Nell Benjamin won the Olivier Award for co-writing Legally Blonde: The Musical, which ran 2 1/2 years on the West End and has toured the UK. Blonde received seven Tony Award nominations, two US national tours and several award-winning international productions, including Australia’s Helpmann Award for Best Musical.

Larry wrote the score for Bat Boy: The Musical, which won the Lucille Lortel Award, two Richard Rodgers Awards and the New York Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, and has received over 500 productions worldwide, including the West End, Tokyo, Seoul, Berlin and Edinburgh.

Larry and Nell’s other shows include The Mice (prod. by Hal Prince at the Prince Music Theatre in Philadelphia and the Ahmanson in Los Angeles), Sarah, Plain And Tall (Lortel Theater, O’Neill Theatre Conference, Dallas Theatre Center), Cam Jansen (Lamb’s Theatre), and the upcoming Life Of The Party (first commissioned by LaGuardia HS of the Arts).

Larry won the Ed Kleban Award, a Jonathan Larson Foundation Grant and the Richard Rodgers New Horizon Award for his lyrics and music. Television credits include songs and scores for “The Daily Show”, “Defiance”, “Johnny And The Sprites”, Disney Channel and PBS. A graduate of Harvard and USC, Larry teaches master classes at Harvard, Yale, NYU and elsewhere.  Larry and Nell live in New York City with their 2-year-old daughter and her collection of very small pianos.

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