News - Marsha Norman, Award Winning Playwright, Screenwriter, Author, Teacher


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The Bridges of Madison County
A New Musical

on Broadway at the Gerald Shoenfeld Theatre

FOUR-TIME TONY® NOMINEE KELLI O’HARA reunites with BARTLETT SHER, the Tony-winning director of SOUTH PACIFIC and THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA, for a stunning new musical by the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning team of MARSHA NORMAN and JASON ROBERT BROWN. O’Hara is joined onstage by STEVEN PASQUALE for this classic love story based on the best-selling novel by ROBERT JAMES WALLER. Don’t miss this sweeping romance about the roads we travel, the doors we open and the bridges we dare to cross. 

Click here to visit the Bridges of Madison County website!


The Trumpet of the Swan: A Novel Symphony for Actors and Orchestra

by Jason Robert Brown and Marsha Norman


Starring:  John Lithgow, Kathy Bates, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, James Naughton, Mandy Moore, Marty Short and with Jason Robert Brown conducting.  

To order the video from PS Classics, Click Here

photo by: Thomas D. Mangelsen

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2011 Lilly Awards: 
In celebration of extraordinary work by women in the theatre. 

The Lilly Awards are presented by Julia Jordan, Theresa Rebeck, Marsha Norman, Tim Sanford, Gary Garrison, the Committee for Recognizing Women in Theatre, and the Dramatists Guild. This year's ceremony was held at Playwrights Horizon on June 6th.  

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Poster by Alicia Czechowski


The Secret Garden, Spring Version
Book and Lyrics by Marsha Norman, Music by Lucy Simon
Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The long-awaited new 70-minute version of the beloved musical is as beautiful and spirited as the original in just half the time. Adapted by Marsha Norman from her Tony-award winning book, it tells the story of Mary Lennox, orphaned in India, who returns to Yorkshire to live with an embittered, reclusive uncle and his invalid son. On the estate, she discovers a locked garden filled with magic, a boy who talks to birds, and a cousin she brings back to health by putting him to work in the garden. The original chorus of ghosts has been replaced with a chorus of Readers, who sit onstage and watch the musical unfold before their eyes, singing in most scenes, and even participating as desired in the storm scene at the end of the first act, and the frolic in the Night Garden. Lucy Simon’s music, some of the most beautiful ever written for Broadway, has made this tale of regeneration a favorite for almost 20 years. This new "Spring Version" promises to be a treasure for children and adults.  

Unlimited cast size, piano score only, perfect for middle school audience and junior performing companies.  Available now from Samuel French.  

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Southampton Stonybrook
Writers Festival


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Writers Festival Faculty 2009.
(l to r) Ursula Hegi, Matt Klam, Meg Wolitzer, Bob Reeves, Billy Collins, Frank McCourt, Carol Muske-Dukes,
Lou Ann Walker, Melissa Bank, Roger Rosenblatt, Marsha