Laurence Holzman & Felicia Needleman

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Biography

Laurence Holzman & Felicia Needleman are the winners of the prestigious Kleban Award for Most Promising Musical Theatre Librettists (2006). They have been collaborating on the book & lyrics of musicals for many years, after first meeting in Modern Drama class at Columbia College. 


Their musical drama, Wallenberg, with music by Benjamin Rosenbluth, premiered at White Plains Performing Arts Center in the fall of 2010. Prior to that, staged readings of the show had been presented in the “First-Draft Readings” series at Symphony Space in Manhattan and in the New York Musical Theatre Festival.  A workshop with director Martin Charnin is in the works.  


Their original holiday musical hit, That Time of the Year (with music by seven different composers), premiered off-Broadway at the York Theatre Company in 2006, and is licensed by Theatrical Rights Worldwide. The original cast recording of that show was released on JAY Records. In addition, songs from That Time of the Year have been recorded on the albums, Carols for a Cure Volumes 5 and 6; Susan Egan: Winter Tracks; The North Coast Men’s Chorus: Sugar Plum Fairies; and The Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale: Celebrate the Sounds of the Season. The song “Little Colored Lights” was performed by Broadway star Kelli O’Hara on the CBS-TV special, “Holiday in Bryant Park.” 


Laurence & Felicia’s original musical comedy, The Jerusalem Syndrome (with music by Kyle Rosen), was produced in the fall of 2008 as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival’s Next Link Project, where it won the Theatre for the American Musical Prize for Most Promising Book Musical. 


Their musical, Suddenly Hope, (with music by Morris Bernstein & Kyle Rosen), had its world premiere at the Stamford Center for the Arts in 2000, with subsequent productions at the Garfield Theatre in La Jolla, CA and the Denver Civic Theatre. 


Their first show, based on the 1942 film I Married a Witch, was presented in the ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop, and its lyrics earned them ASCAP’s Sammy Cahn Award for Outstanding Lyricists. 


Laurence & Felicia’s children’s musical, We All Are America (with music by George Swietlicki), premiered in the spring of 2012 at the Springhurst School, with special guest narrator Meredith Vieira.  In 2013, their second children’s musical, All the Same, premiered, featuring Maddie Corman.  Prior to that, Laurence collaborated with George Swietlicki on The Hudson River, another musical for children, which has been performed numerous times.


Laurence and Felicia are currently working on One Night, a chamber musical about two married couples (with music by Douglas J. Cohen), and developing another original musical with Benjamin Rosenbluth.


Laurence and Felicia’s children’s song, “Everyone Can La-La-La-La-La” (with music by David Grover) has been performed in concerts across the U.S., and was recorded by David Grover & the Big Bear Band on their album, Listen to the Music Band. 


Suddenly a Song, a collection of their cabaret material, was performed at the Duplex in Manhattan. 


Laurence and Felicia are alumni of the BMI-Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop and members of ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild. 


As a principal of Bard Theatricals, Laurence was also one of the producers of Looped, the Broadway comedy starring Valerie Harper; the Broadway premiere of David Mamet’s The Anarchist starring Patti LuPone and Debra Winger; and the Latin American premiere of El Chico de Oz in Lima, Peru, starring Marco Zunino (Luces Award, Best Musical).  In addition, Laurence was also on the producing team of Kander & Ebb’s last Broadway musical, The Scottsboro Boys, and a member of the Scottsboro Boys LLC for its UK premiere at the Young Vic. He is now proud to be on the producing team of the show’s West End premiere, currently running at the Garrick Theatre.  


In addition to his work in theatre, Laurence is the co-author (with Marc Goldsmith) of the original play and screenplay The Queen is in the Parlour, as well as the the screenplay Fella.  He is also the author/illustrator of the children's books My Zoo and Right at Home.  He is a graduate of Columbia Law School and the Commercial Theatre Institute. 


Felicia toured with 42nd Street as a member of Actor’s Equity, and was a featured performer with the A & G Dance Company. For several years, she was on the faculty of Broadway Dance Center, where she taught tap.  Her new blog, Unwritten Recipes, offering easy, delicious, family-friendly recipes, is steadily gaining in popularity.