On the Stage, Behind the Scenes and In the Audience
Jonathan Larson Grants - 2001
Since winning a 2001 Larson Award, O’Keefe has had more than sixty productions of Bat Boy: The Musical produced nationwide. Larry wrote music and lyrics for Bat Boy, which began at the Actors’ Gang in Los Angeles, won two Richard Rodgers Awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, was a hit Off-Broadway, and won the Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics’ Circle Awards for Best Musical. Bat Boy went to England and the West End. Larry also won the 2001 ASCAP Richard Rodgers New Horizon Award for his music and lyrics. With Fool Moon clown David Shiner, Larry is writing music and lyrics and collaborating on book for Drop Everything, a new clown show/musical which will be workshopped at ACT in Seattle. David and Larry have performed parts of Drop Everything at the Tollwood Arts Festival in Munich and at the Lisbon Comedy Festival. Larry has written songs for The Cat in the Hat, The Daily Show, and other movies and television. But Larry’s favorite gig is his ongoing collaboration with the brilliant lyricist/bookwriter Nell Benjamin (see above), with whom he has written Sarah, Plain And Tall, The Mice, Cam Jansen And The Curse Of The Emerald Elephant, and many miscellaneous pieces, including the notorious Sensitive Song, which was nominated for a MAC Award but was deemed “too filthy”. Larry has been performing his songs in New York, Boston and elsewhere, headlining at the Duplex and at the King Kong Room at The Supper Club with the inappropriately titled Larry’s Luau Lounge. In February 2004 he conducted the Harvard University Pops Orchestra in an evening of his songs, including the world premiere of his short opera The Magic Futon.