Norman Mathews

For fans of:Barbara Kingsolver, Marcel Proust, Don DeLillo, Charles Dickens, Edmund White

Playwright, composer, and librettist Norman Mathews’s autobiography The Wrong Side of the Room: A Life in Music Theater will be published in October 26. 2018. Is newest play is Drone which is about the affect of our drone program on both the pilot and the victim. The play will have a reading, directed by Michele Pawk this fall. His one-person musical play about Dorothy Parker, You Might as Well Live, has been performed by Tony-Award-winner Michele Pawk and Broadway star Karen Mason. The play received a Vogelstein Foundation Playwriting Grant and was a finalist for the Stanley Drama Award and the Mill Mountain Playhouse Best Play Competition. The musical has appeared at Chicago’s Harris Theater of Music and Dance, the Orlando Shakespeare Theater, and the New York Musical Theater Festival. La Lupa, a full-length opera for which he wrote the libretto and score, was recently featured at the Ft. Worth Opera’s showcase of new works. Mathews and lyricist Patty Seyburn have collaborated on a musical version of Lost Empires, J. B. Priestley’s novel about the English music hall. A starry demo CD of the show features Michele Pawk, John Dossett, Danny Gurwin, and Brynn O’Malley. The piece was given a concert reading at Shorter University, where Mathews was composer-in-residence. Rossetti Songs, a cycle set to poems by Christina Rossetti for voice, piano, flute and cello, was recorded by Navona Records, and released by Naxos Records. The piece was recently broadcast on Public Radio. Mathews’s art songs were featured, along with the works of John Kander, Charles Strouse, and Galt MacDermot at the Kennedy Center in a program of classical music written by theatre composers. Mathews has written for symphony orchestra, chorus, the concert stage, jazz performers, musical theater, and cabaret. His song cycle, Songs of the Poet, composed to Walt Whitman poetry, was premiered in Germany by Gregory Wiest, an American tenor with the Munich Opera. Wiest recorded the work for Capstone Records (CPS 8646). Mathews’ Sonnet No. 61 for chorus, piano, and oboe won the VocalEssence 2011 choral award. His cabaret works have been performed by Liz Callaway (Tony nominee), Debbie Gravitte (Tony Award), and Peter Samuel. Mathews began his career as a Broadway and film dancer-singer-actor. After a back injury, he returned to school and earned a B.A. Degree in music from Hunter College and an M.A. Degree in music from New York University. He has also been News Editor of Dance Magazine and Managing Editor of Sylvia Porter’s Personal Finance Magazine. His music is published by Graphite Publishing. (for playwriting, books, and articles) (for music and compositions)