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Tom O'Horgan

Composer, Director, Producer, Conception, Writer
( b. May 03, 1924 Chicago, Illinois, USA - d. Jan 11, 2009 Venice, Florida, USA ) Male
Tom O'Horgan was a Drama Desk Award-winning, Tony-nominated director who brought a downtown ethic to his Broadway projects, including the original Broadway productions of Hair and Jesus Christ Superstar.

Mr. O'Horgan was a composer, singer, actor, director and musician who directed many productions for Café La Mama, the downtown Manhattan institution that embraced experimental and non-commercial works. His Broadway credits include Hair, Lenny (for which he also composed music), Jesus Christ Superstar, Dude, The Leaf People, I Won't Dance, The Three Musketeers, and Senator Joe (which never officially opened). Off-Broadway, Mr. O'Horgan directed productions of Tom Paine and Futz!

Mr. O'Horgan won Drama Desk Awards as Outstanding Director for 1971's Lenny, 1969's Futz!, and was also the recipient of the Vernon Rice-Drama Desk Award for his direction of Paul Foster's Tom Paine, which was conceived for the La Mama troupe.

In 1969 he was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical for Hair.

Mr. O'Horgan directed the film version of Eugene Ionesco's "Rhinoceros" starring Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder and Karen Black. He also directed and composed music for the film version of "Futz!"

Even after his commercial heyday, Mr. O'Horgan reportedly directed readings Off-Off-Broadway, or hosted workshops and concerts in his spacious loft.

A Chicago native, Mr. O''Horgan received numerous honors in recent years including an Honorary Doctorate from De Paul University and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Innovative Theater Awards.

Source: Playbill.com obit



Productions Date of Productions
Senator Joe
[Musical, Original]
  • Music by Tom O'Horgan
  • Directed by Tom O'Horgan
Never Officially Opened - Jan 08, 1989
The Three Musketeers
[Musical, Revival]
  • Directed by Tom O'Horgan
Nov 11, 1984 - Nov 18, 1984
I Won't Dance
[Play, Original]
  • Directed by Tom O'Horgan
  • Incidental music by Tom O'Horgan
May 10, 1981 - May 10, 1981
Jesus Christ Superstar
[Musical, Drama, Revival]
  • Originally directed on Broadway by Tom O'Horgan
Nov 23, 1977 - Feb 12, 1978
Hair
[Musical, Revival]
  • Directed by Tom O'Horgan
Oct 05, 1977 - Nov 06, 1977
The Leaf People
[Play, Original]
  • Directed by Tom O'Horgan
Oct 20, 1975 - Oct 26, 1975
Dude
[Musical, Original]
  • Directed by Tom O'Horgan
Oct 09, 1972 - Oct 21, 1972
Inner City
[Musical, Original]
  • Produced by Tom O'Horgan
  • Directed by Tom O'Horgan
  • Conceived by Tom O'Horgan
Dec 19, 1971 - Mar 11, 1972
Jesus Christ Superstar
[Musical, Drama, Original]
  • Directed by Tom O'Horgan
  • Conceived for the stage by Tom O'Horgan
Oct 12, 1971 - Jul 01, 1973
Lenny
[Play, Original]
  • Directed by Tom O'Horgan
  • Incidental music by Tom O'Horgan
May 26, 1971 - Jun 24, 1972
Hair
[Musical, Original]
  • Directed by Tom O'Horgan
Apr 29, 1968 - Jul 01, 1972
1971 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Director
winnerLenny [winner]
Directed by Tom O'Horgan
1969 Tony Award® Best Direction of a Musical
 Hair [nominee]
Directed by Tom O'Horgan
1969 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Director
winner Tom O'Horgan (for "Futz") [winner]
1968 Drama Desk Award Vernon Rice-Drama Desk Award
winner Tom O'Horgan (for his direction of "Tom Paine") [winner]
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