Laurence Holzman is the co-winner, along with Felicia Needleman, of the prestigious Kleban Award for Most Promising Musical Theatre Librettists (2006). They have been collaborating on the book & lyrics of musicals for many years, after first meeting in Modern Drama class at Columbia College.
Their musical drama, Wallenberg, premiered at White Plains Performing Arts Center in the fall of 2010. Prior to that, staged readings of the show had been presented in the “First-Draft Readings” series at Symphony Space in Manhattan and in the New York Musical Theatre Festival. (wallenbergthemusical.com)
Their original holiday musical hit, That Time of the Year (with music by seven different composers), premiered off-Broadway at the York Theatre Company in 2006, and is now being licensed by Theatrical Rights Worldwide. It has received numerous productions around the country. The original cast recording of that show was released on JAY Records. In addition, songs from That Time of the Year have been recorded on the albums, Carols for a Cure Volumes 5 and 6; Susan Egan: Winter Tracks; The North Coast Men’s Chorus: Sugar Plum Fairies; and The Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale: Celebrate the Sounds of the Season. The song “Little Colored Lights” was performed by Broadway star Kelli O’Hara on the CBS-TV special, “Holiday in Bryant Park.” (thattimeoftheyear.com)
Laurence & Felicia’s original musical comedy, The Jerusalem Syndrome (with music by Kyle Rosen), was produced in the fall of 2008 as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival’s Next Link Project, where it won the Theatre for the American Musical Prize for Most Promising Book Musical.
Their musical, Suddenly Hope, (with music by Morris Bernstein & Kyle Rosen), had its world premiere at the Stamford Center for the Arts in 2000, with subsequent productions at the Garfield Theatre in La Jolla, CA and the Denver Civic Theatre.
Their first show, based on the 1942 film I Married a Witch, was presented in the ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop, and its lyrics earned them ASCAP’s Sammy Cahn Award for Outstanding Lyricists.
Laurence & Felicia’s children’s musical, We All Are America (with music by George Swietlicki), recently premiered at the Springhurst School, with special guest narrator Meredith Vieira. Laurence previously collaborated with Swietlicki on another children’s musical, The Hudson River, which also premiered at Springhurst. (OriginalSchoolMusicals.com)
Laurence and Felicia are currently working on their first novel, as well as two original musicals: Winchester House, about the heiress to the Winchester rifle fortune, and One Night, a chamber musical about two married couples.
Laurence and Felicia’s children’s song, “Everyone Can La-La-La-La-La” (with music by David Grover) has been performed in concerts across the U.S., and was recorded by David Grover & the Big Bear Band on their album, Listen to the Music Band.
Suddenly a Song, a collection of Laurence and Felicia’s cabaret material, was performed at the Duplex in Manhattan.
Laurence is an alumnus of the BMI-Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop and a member of ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild. As a principal of Bard Theatricals, Laurence is currently on the producing team of The Anarchist, David Mamet's new Broadway play starring Patti LuPone and Debra Winger. He was also one of the producers of Looped, the Broadway comedy starring Valerie Harper, and Kander & Ebb’s last Broadway musical, The Scottsboro Boys.
In addition to his work in theatre, Laurence is the co-author (with Marc Goldsmith) of the original screenplays The Queen is in the Parlour, a comedy about elderly twins who kidnap Queen Elizabeth II in an attempt to have their brother knighted, and Fella, about the troubled African American son of a White House maid who is given the task of caring for FDR’s dog in the winter of 1940.
Laurence is also the author/illustrator of My Zoo, a rhyming picture book for children.
He is a graduate of Columbia Law School and the Commercial Theatre Institute.