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Hwang, David Henry
Hwang, David Henry

David Henry Hwang was awarded the 1988 Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics and John Gassner Awards for his Broadway debut, M. BUTTERFLY, which also was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. For his play GOLDEN CHILD, he received a 1998 Tony Nomination and a 1997 Obie Award. His new book for the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical FLOWER DRUM SONG earned him his third Tony nomination in 2003. He was also a book writer on Elton John & Tim Rice’s AIDA. Hwang’s other plays include FOB (1981 Obie Award), THE DANCE AND THE RAILROAD, FAMILY DEVOTIONS, THE SOUND OF A VOICE and BONDAGE. His opera libretti include three works for composer Philip Glass, 1000 AIRPLANES ON THE ROOF, THE VOYAGE and THE SOUND OF A VOICE, as well as THE SILVER RIVER with music by Bright Sheng and Ainadamar with Osvaldo Golijov. Hwang penned the feature films M. BUTTERFLY, GOLDEN GATE and POSSESSION (co-writer) and co-wrote the song “Solo” with composer/performer Prince. He has written the book on the new Broadway musical TARZAN, and his new play, YELLOW FACE, will premiere next season. Hwang serves on the Dramatists Guild Council. 

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      October 17, 2002
      In 2002, a new version of FLOWER DRUM SONG with an updated book by David Henry Hwang opened at the Virginia Theatre, where it ran for 169 performances and recieved three Tony nominations.
      August 11, 1957
      The birthday of David Henry Hwang, who was inspired to write a new book for Rodgers & Hammerstein's FLOWER DRUM SONG that earned him a Tony nomination for the 2003 revival.
      March 16, 2003
      In 2003, David Henry Hwang's new version of FLOWER DRUM SONG closed on Broadway after 169 performances and three Tony nominations.