Leader of the Pack

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the story

Based on an original concept by Melanie Mintzwith, this jukebox musical (created before the term was coined) celebrates the life and times of the Brooklyn-born Greenwich, whose doo-wop sounds skyrocketed to the top of the pop charts in the early to mid-1960s. Beatts’ “liner notes” serve as the book that link the songs and provide a look into the songwriter’s professional triumphs and personal misfortunes.

The Team

Director: Michael Peters

Writer: Anne Beatts, Based on an original concept by Melanie Mintzwith

Music: Ellie Greenwich

Lyrics: Ellie Greenwich, Jeff Barry, Phil Spector, Shadow Morton, Jeff Kent, Ellen Foley

Starring: Ellie Greenwich, Patrick Cassidy, Dinah Manoff, Dennis Bailey

Acclaim

1986 Tony Awards

  • Best Musical (Nominated)