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Kopit, Arthur

When his award-winning first play, OH DAD, POOR DAD, MAMMA'S HUNG YOU IN THE CLOSET AND I'M FEELIN' SO SAD, appeared in New York in 1962, Kopit was hailed as the new wonder of America drama. One of the few American playwrights able to survive economically by writing serious drama for Broadway, he made his theatrical mark with intelligently satirical comedy-dramas commenting on contemporary American social issues including the Vietnam War (INDIANS,1969), the language dysfunction and emotional isolation of stroke victims (WINGS, 1979), nuclear proliferation (END OF THE WORLD WITH SYMPOSIUM TO FOLLOW,1986), and the rapacious greed of Hollywood (ROAD TO NIRVANA, 1991). In 1994 composer Jeffrey Lunden and lyricist Arthur Perlman used Kopit's play WINGS as the basis for the musical of the same name. Kopit has applied his talents in the musical realm as author of the books for the 1982 Tony Award-winning NINE, directed by Tommy Tune, PHANTOM with Maury Yeston, based on Gaston Leroux's Phantom of the Opera (written before the Andrew Lloyd Webber version) and for the stage version of the Cole Porter film High Society.

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      The birthday of Arthur Kopit; award-winning Broadway writer whose play WINGS was adapted into a musical version by the same name.