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Show TunesThe Songs, Shows, and Careers of Broadway’s Major Composers$
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Steven Suskin

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195314076

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314076.001.0001

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Michael John LaChiusa

Michael John LaChiusa

Born: July 24, 1962, Chautauqua, New York

(p.383) Michael John LaChiusa
Show Tunes

Steven Suskin

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the work of Michael John LaChiusa. It begins with an extended commentary of his career, followed by details on productions, with data and song information. LaChiusa grew up in Chautauqua, a small town near the extreme Western tip of New York State. The Chautauqua Institution has been a major center of education, religion, and art each summer since 1874; otherwise, though, it is a small and secluded place. LaChiusa taught himself to play the piano at the age of seven, and after a brief period studying television journalism he fled to New York City at eighteen. He supported himself as an accompanist and eventually found his way to the BMI Workshop.

Keywords:   Michael John LaChiusa, composers, Broadway musicals, musical theater, television journalism

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