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Martin Charnin

Martin Charnin began his theatrical career originating the role of Big Deal in WEST SIDE STORY; during the run, he began writing lyrics, and his first composing partner was Mary Rodgers, with whom he wrote the musical HOT SPOT. Subsequently, Charnin has been the director, lyricist, composer, librettist, producer or a combination of the aforementioned for over 85 theatrical productions including the international musical smash ANNIE and its sequel, ANNIE WARBUCKS, as well as two musicals composed by Richard Rodgers: TWO BY TWO (1970, revised 2004) and I REMEMBER MAMA (1979). Charnin has received four Tony nominations, two Tony Awards, seven Grammy Awards, three Emmy Awards, three Gold Records, two Platinum records, six Drama Desk Awards, and a Peabody Award for Broadcasting.

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Two By Two Q&A with Jason Alexander

A re-telling of the story of Noah and the ark, TWO BY TWO has seen numerous revivals over the years, with the most recent high-profile staging presented by Reprise Theatre Company in Los Angeles last November, starring Jason Alexander and Faith Prince. Jason Alexander is one very busy guy, but we were grateful he took some time to speak with us.

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The birthday of Martin Charnin; Broadway producer, director, and lyricist who conceived and mounted shows including ANNIE. Charnin not only collaborated with composer Richard Rodgers on TWO BY TWO and I REMEMBER MAMA - he also worked with Rodger's daughter Mary on the musical HOT SPOT.
In 1970, TWO BY TWO opened on Broadway at the Imperial Theatre. Based on the play THE FLOWERING PEACH, it tells the story of Noah and his family preparing for the great flood. The show ran for ten months.
In 1971, TWO BY TWO closed on Broadway after a ten-month run.