Murray Schisgal

Personal Information
Murray Schisgal, a native of Brooklyn, turned to writing plays after careers as a musician, attorney and teacher. His early work The Typist premiered on the London Stage in 1961 and at the Orpheum Theatre in New York in 1963. His first Broadway success came with Luv, a three-character play about pseudo-intellectuals, which premiered in 1964 and earned a Tony Award for director Mike Nichols. In 1969, Jimmy Shine, starring Dustin Hoffman was produced on Broadway, followed by The Chinese & Dr. Fish (1970), An American Millionaire (1974), All Over Town (1974), and Twice Around The Park (1982). His most recent work has been produced Off-Broadway and at regional theatres across the country. Schisgal’s screenplay Tootsie, which he co-wrote, received numerous awards including: L.A. Film Critics Award; N.Y. Film Critics Award; National Society for Film Critics Award; and the Writers Guild of America Award.
Playwrights' Sidewalk: Murray Schisgal has a star on the Playwrights' Sidewalk.

Production Theatre Opened Credit
1 Road Show Circle Repertory Theatre 05/21/1987 Playwright
2 What About Luv? Jack Lawrence Theater/ Audrey Wood 04/15/1984 Original Author
3 Fragments and The Basement Cherry Lane Theatre 10/02/1967 Playwright
4 The Typists and The Tiger Orpheum Theatre 02/04/1963 Playwright
Award Production Function
1 WON 1963 Drama Desk Award, Vernon Rice Award The Typists and The Tiger Playwright
2 WON 1963 Outer Critics Circle Award, Best New Playwright The Typists and The Tiger Playwright
3 WON 1963 Saturday Review Critics Poll Award The Typists and The Tiger Playwright