Glenn Slater (born 1968) is an American lyricist who collaborates with Alan Menken and other musical theatre composers. He was nominated for the Tony Award, Best Original Score for The Little Mermaid and received his second Tony nomination for Sister Act.
Slater was born in Brooklyn, New York, but raised in East Brunswick, New Jersey. In 1990, he graduated at Harvard University where he composed Hasty Pudding Theatricals' 141st production, Whiskey Business. He has received the ASCAP Foundation's Richard Rodgers New Horizon Award with composer Stephen Weiner.
Slater wrote the lyrics for the Off-Broadway stage revue Newyorkers produced by the Manhattan Theatre Club in 2001. He has written lyrics for six editions of Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus.
His first work with Alan Menken was writing the lyrics for the film Home on the Range in 2004 and the stage production Sister Act the Musical (2006).
He wrote the lyrics for the stage adaptation of Disney's The Little Mermaid (2008), replacing the animated film's original lyricist Howard Ashman, who died in 1991. He is working with Menken on the new musical version of Leap of Faith.
Slater and his wife, Wendy Leigh Wilf, wrote the book, music and lyrics to a new musical Beatsville that received a production at the 2008 NAMT Festival of New Musicals, in New York.
He has also composed the lyrics and co-wrote the book for the major Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Love Never Dies, which is a sequel to Lloyd Webber's 1986 musical The Phantom of the Opera. The show premiered in the West End in March 2010. After widespread criticism of Slater's lyrics on the show's opening, Charles Hart was brought in to substantially rewrite parts of the libretto.
Adding to his career as a lyricist, Slater wrote the lyrics for the songs in Disney's 50th animated feature Tangled. His latest project is again working with Andrew Lloyd Webber for the 2015 Broadway musical School of Rock.
Slater attended the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop and was a resident writer with Musical Theatreworks.
Awards and honors:
Slater has received the Kleban Award for Lyrics, the ASCAP Foundation Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award and the Jonathan Larson Award.
He was nominated for the 2008 Tony Award for Best Original Score for The Little Mermaid and received his second nomination for this award in 2011 for Sister Act.
He won a Grammy Award at the 2012 Grammy Awards (held on 12 February 2012), in the Best song written for visual media category for the song "I See The Light" from the animation movie Tangled.
Slater lives in New York City with his wife Wendy Leigh Wilf and two sons, Benjamin and Daniel.
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