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
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
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.
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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