Bill Nelson is a New York-based lyricist, bookwriter and playwright. With composer Anna K. Jacobs he wrote Harmony, Kansas which had its premiere production in San Diego in 2012 (four SCENIE Awards, three San Diego Theatre Critics Circle nominations). With composer Joseph Trefler, he's developing his newest musical, Men with Money. (Watch for upcoming presentations.) He also wrote Bill Nelson’s All-Male Revue—a revue of his songs conceived and directed by William Finn for Barrington Stage Co. His plays have been seen across the country and his songs have been presented at cabarets around the world, including Finn’s Songs by Ridiculously Talented Composers at Joe’s Pub and Barrington Stage Company, and New York Theatre Barn’s The Oh, So Sexy Songs of Bill Nelson. Bill Nelson's Nutcrackin' Christmas: An All-Original, Ridiculously Merry Cabaret/Variety Brouhaha! premieres this year in New York.
Originally from the Midwest, Bill co-founded and ran Burning Moon Productions, a Kansas City theatre group dedicated to staging works about gay men and women. Among the shows he's written under this umbrella are Tales from Gaydom and Mishappenance. For Imagination Studio he wrote the serial, Welcome to Paradise. He's also penned scripts for productions by the Heartland Men's Chorus.
Bill was a winner of 2015’s New Voices Project sponsored by Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment. He’s a published lyricist, 2010/11 Dramatists Guild Fellow, and member of the Advanced BMI Workshop. He received an M.F.A. in Musical Theatre Writing at NYU-Tisch where he wrote, with composer Daniel Lincoln, the musical Savannah: a Jazz Fable. He’s currently working on a new musicals with composer Ben Wexler (Carmen), and another with composer Will Aronson.
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