Martin Charnin
Director, Lyrics

is celebrating his 60th year in the entertainment industry, which began in 1957 when he created the role of Big Deal (one of Jerome Robbins' authentic juvenile delinquents) in the original company of West Side Story. He played the role for exactly 1,000 performances. Since then, he has been involved in over 151 theatrical, television, film, and night club productions as a director, producer, composer, or lyricist. He is one of the dozen people who has won Emmys, Tonys®, Grammys, Drama Desk Awards, New York Drama Critics Awards, and the Peabody Award for Broadcasting. Annie, which came to Broadway in 1977, originally ran for 2,377 performances, and has been revived there three times. He has directed Annie 20 times (after directing the original production in New York), in London, Montreal, Amsterdam, and Melbourne as well as Annie's 15 national U.S. companies. He has collaborated with Charles Strouse, Vernon Duke, Marvin Hamlisch, Mary Rodgers, and twice with Richard Rodgers on I Remember Mama and Two by Two. He has written for, or directed, Fred Astaire, Ethel Merman, Jack Lemmon, Ann-Margret, Jack Benny, Anne Bancroft, Betty Hutton, Sutton Foster, Sarah Jessica Parker, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bebe Neuwirth, Barbra Streisand, Johnny Mathis, Larry Kert, Chita Rivera, Jane Lynch, Tony Bennett, Jason Alexander, and Jay-Z, among countless others, and for his wife, Shelly Burch (who originated a leading role in the original company of Nine), and who opens her new one-woman-show at the famed Metropolitan Club in New York in December 2016. Last year, “Tomorrow” from Annie became one of the 100 most performed musical numbers of the last century. He currently has 3 musicals that are “circling over Kennedy,” getting ready for production in New York. They include Robin Hood, Something Funny’s Going On and a revival of Annie Warbucks, the continuation of the Annie saga, which originally opened Off-Broadway in New York in 1993. In 2017, his most recent musical called Wallenberg (a musical drama about the Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who single-handedly saved the lives of 100,000 Jewish souls during the Holocaust) will go into rehearsals for a Broadway opening.