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Nan Knighton
Nan Knighton
Nan Knighton received a Tony nomination for Best Book of a Musical for The Scarlet Pimpernel, for which she also wrote the lyrics to Frank Wildhorn's music. Pimpernel ran on Broadway for three seasons, went on to two U.S. National Tours, and has been produced all around the world. It can currently be seen in local and regional productions throughout the U.S. and U.K. and on international stages. Her most recent work with Wildhorn (apart from several songs she contributed to the new musical Rudolf which premiered in Budapest, Hungary and is also playing in Vienna, Austria) is Camille Claudel, for which she wrote book and lyrics, and which was produced in 2003 by Goodspeed Musicals at their Norma Terris Theater. Ms. Knighton wrote the stage adaptation for Robert Stigwood's Saturday Night Fever, which received an Olivier nomination for Best Musical in London's West End. SNF went on to play on Broadway for two seasons followed by several tours in the U.S. and U.K., a second run on the West End and major productions in Germany, Italy, Australia, Korea and Japan. Ms. Knighton's play Man With Two Hearts Found on Moon received its first reading at The Roundabout Theatre, starring Swoosie Kurtz and Neil Patrick Harris. It is currently in development along with her mystery play Bad Dreams.

As a lyricist, Ms. Knighton has also worked with composers Jonathan Larson (Rent), Robert Lindsey Nassif (Eliot Ness in Cleveland), and Howard Marren (Paramour). Her original musical Snapshots (with music by Mr. Marren) received its first reading at the Manhattan Theatre Club. Ms. Knighton's songs have been performed at Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall and numerous Manhattan concerts and cabarets, including Nan Knighton at Eighty Eights and Storybook: The Songs of Nan Knighton, a sold-out run at Sam's Dream Street Cabaret. Ms. Knighton's song "You Are My Home" (with music by Mr. Wildhorn, recorded by Linda Eder and Peabo Bryson) reached the Top 40 A/C List. Her song "Gold" (also with music by Wildhorn) received its international debut at the Opening Ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Ms. Knighton has also written for public television and film (My Little Girl, starring James Earl Jones and Geraldine Page). She has been published in the Michigan Quarterly Review, and has served as a judge for both The Kleban Foundation Award and The Young Playwrights Festival. Ms. Knighton is an alumna of Harvard University and Sarah Lawrence College, from which she received her B.A. degree. She received her M.A. from Boston University, where she is proud to have studied with both novelist John Barth and poet Anne Sexton. Most recently, Ms. Knighton has completed her first volume of photography: Moody. She is married to producer John Breglio and lives in New York City.

[Last updated March 2009]

Family Updates:

Nan's husband, John Breglio, produced a revival of the Henry Krieger-Tom Eyen musical Dreamgirls (first seen on Broadway in 1981, and adapted for the silver screen in 2006). The show ran in Seoul, South Korea in a co-production with OD Musical from 27 February through 9 August 2009. An American tour of the show launched on 7 November 2009 at Harlem's historic Apollo Theater, as part of the venue's 75th Anniversary season. Robert Longbottom (Flower Drum Song, Side Show, The Scarlet Pimpernel) directed the US tour. Plans for other international stagings are in the works.

Mr. Breglio was also the sole producer of the Broadway revival of A Chorus Line, which opened at the Schoenfeld Theatre on 5 October 2006 and ran through 17 August 2008. Bob Avian, the co-choreographer of the original production, directed. A new cast recording is available from Masterworks Broadway. A backstage documentary, Every Little Step, is also available from Amazon.

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