|Discussing the upcoming release of The Musical Theatre Writer's Survival Guide are "Avenue Q" co-writer Jeff Marx, the book's author David Spencer, "Avenue Q" co-writer Robert Lopez and BMI's Jean Banks. photo by Dana Rodriguez|
An award-winning musical dramatist and teacher, Spencer received a 2002 Richard Rodgers Development Award (as composer/lyricist for "The Fabulist"), a 2000 Kleban Award, and two Gilman & Gonzalez-Falla Theatre Foundation grants. He was the lyricist/librettist for two musicals with BMI composer Alan Menken: "Weird Romance" and "The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz." He made his professional debut in 1984 with the English adaptation of "La Boh�me" at the Public Theatre and has since written music and lyrics for Theatreworks/USA's all-new, award-winning Young Audiences versions of "The Phantom of the Opera" and "Les Mis�rables," as well as the original Alien Nation novel, Passing Fancy. Spencer is also webmaster and principal New York drama critic for AisleSay.com, an online magazine of stage reviews and opinions.