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Terrence McNally
Considered one of the major figures in contemporary American theater, playwright/librettist Terrence McNally's successes include Bad Habits, which won an Obie Award; The Ritz, which was later made into a movie; Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, which was also adapted for film; Lips Together, Teeth Apart; It's Only a Play; A Perfect Ganesh; The Lisbon Traviata; Corpus Christi; and the book for the musical The Rink. In recent years he has collected four Tony Awards for his work on Broadway: Best Book of a Musical (1993) Kiss of the Spider Woman; Best Play (1995) Love! Valour! Compassion! , later adapted by McNally into a film directed by Joe Mantello; Best Play (1996) Master Class; and Best Book of a Musical (1998) Ragtime. He has written a number of TV scripts (including Andre's Mother for which he won an Emmy Award) and last season wrote his first opera libretto (The Food of Love with music by Robert Beaser) as part of the triptych Central Park, produced by New York City Opera and televised on PBS. He has also written the books for two Broadway-bound musicals - The Full Monty and The Visit. Terrence McNally has received two Guggenheim Fellowships, a Rockefeller Grant, a Lucille Lortel Award, and a citation from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. A member of the Dramatists Guild Council since 1970, he has been its vice president since 1981.

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