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Pitchford, Dean
Pitchford, Dean

Born and raised in Hawaii and graduated from Yale University, Dean Pitchford performed off- and on-Broadway (Godspell; Pippin) before turning to songwriting, screenwriting and directing.

Dean was nominated for four Academy Awards (winning the 1981 Best Song Oscar for "Fame," co-written w/ Michael Gore), three Golden Globes (winning for "Fame"), eight Grammys and two Tonys; his songs - recorded by such artists as Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston, Cher, Peter Allen, LL Cool J, Kenny Loggins, Hugh Jackman, Dolly Parton, Bette Midler and Martina McBride - have sold over 70 million records.

The musical stage adaptation (w/ Walter Bobbie) of his original screenplay for Footloose ran for more than seven hundred performances on Broadway and is now seen all over the world. Dean also provided the lyrics for "Carrie, the Musical" which was first produced in 1988 by the Royal Shakespeare Company - first in England and then on Broadway - and was then revived in 2012 by New York's MCC Theater. Major productions have recently been seen in London (Southwark Playhouse) and Los Angeles (The Los Angeles Theatre).

Dean's middle-grade novels, The Big One-Oh and Captain Nobody, are published by Putnam/Penguin; his performances of their audiobook recordings (Listening Library/Random House) were both nominated for Grammys. His third novel, Nickel Bay Nick, was published to acclaim in 2013, and Dean voiced that audiobook for Audible.com.


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CARRIE the musical Now Available!
Carrie, the electrifying pop-rock musical about a bullied teenager with telekinetic powers who takes revenge on prom night, will materialize in productions across North America in the near future. R&H Theatricals has announced that the company is now accepting licensing applications for productions to begin in January 2013. Read More
CARRIE Cast Recording Available September 25th
Ghostlight Records announced today that—for the first time ever—the musical Carrie has been preserved in a brand-new cast recording of the recent MCC Theater Off-Broadway revival.  Read More
Legendary Stage Musical CARRIE To Be Licensed by R&H Theatricals and Published by Imagem Music
Musical based on Best-selling Stephen King Novel Receives Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Off-Broadway Alliance, and Drama League Nominations for Best Musical Revival
Coming Soon:  Off-Broadway Cast Recording from Ghostlight Records andSongbook Folio from Imagem Music/Hal Leonard Read More
New Recordings of Your Favorite Songs
Looking for the perfect gift for the music lover in your life? Here are some new albums that feature some of your favorite songs... Read More
FOOTLOOSE from Minnesota to Istanbul

The University of Minnesota Duluth has begun performances of FOOTLOOSE in a co-production with Istanbul University State Conservatory in Turkey...

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Did You See It? R&H Shows on National Tour

What do I LOVE A PIANO, FOOTLOOSE and ALTAR BOYZ have in common?All three shows have just wound up the latest legs of national tours that have left thousand of happy audience in their wakes...

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Trivia about this writer

In 1998, FOOTLOOSE the musical opened at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway and ran for 709 performances.
The birthday of Dean Pitchford, writer of book and lyrics for the film FOOTLOOSE as well as its stage adaptation.
In 2000 FOOTLOOSE the musical closed on Broadway after 709 performances.