Terrence McNally

Personal Information
Terrence McNally has won four Tony Awards: 1998 for the musical Ragtime; 1996 for Master Class, in which Zoe Caldwell created the role of Maria Callas; 1995 for Love! Valour! Compassion! (Also Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and NY Drama Critic’s Circle Awards); and 1993 for the musical Kiss of the Spider Woman. Other plays include The Full Monty; Corpus Christi; A Perfect Ganesh; Lips Together, Teeth Apart (Lucille Award for Outstanding Play); The Lisbon Traviatta; Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune; and It’s Only A Play, all of which began at MTC. Earlier stage works include Bad Habits, The Ritz, Where Has Tommy Flowers Gone?, And Things That Go Bump In the Night, Next, and the book for the musical The Rink. Opera: NYC Opera’s Central Park Opera Trilogy (libretto for The Food of Love, with music by Robert Beaser), San Francisco Opera’s premiere of Dead Man Walking (libretto with music by Jake Heggie). McNally has written a number of TV scripts, including "Andre’s Mother’ (Emmy Award). He received two Guggenheim Fellowships, A Rockefeller Grant, a Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Body of Work, and a citation from the American Academy of Arts & Letters. He has been a member of the Dramatists Guild since 1970.
External Links: Primary Stages Oral History Project
Playwrights' Sidewalk: Terrence McNally has a star on the Playwrights' Sidewalk.

Production Theatre Opened Credit
1 A Man of No Importance East 13th Street/CSC Theatre 10/30/2022 Book
2 Fire and Air East 13th Street/CSC Theatre 02/01/2018 Playwright
3 Lips Together, Teeth Apart Second Stage Theatre 10/29/2014 Playwright
4 And Away We Go Pearl Theatre 11/24/2013 Playwright
5 Golden Age New York City Center/ Stage I 12/04/2012 Playwright
6 Some Men Second Stage Theatre 03/26/2007 Playwright
7 Dedication or The Stuff of Dreams 59E59 Theaters/ Theater A 08/18/2005 Playwright
8 The Stendhal Syndrome 59E59 Theaters/ Theater A 02/16/2004 Playwright
9 A Man of No Importance Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater 10/10/2002 Book
10 Corpus Christi New York City Center/ Stage I 10/13/1998 Playwright
11 By the Sea, By the Sea, By the Beautiful Sea New York City Center/ Stage II 04/30/1996 Playwright
12 Love! Valour! Compassion! New York City Center/ Stage I 10/11/1994 Playwright
13 A Perfect Ganesh New York City Center/ Stage I 06/04/1993 Playwright
14 Lips Together, Teeth Apart New York City Center/ Stage I 05/28/1991 Playwright
15 Bad Habits New York City Center/ Stage I 02/27/1990 Playwright
16 The Lisbon Traviata Promenade Theatre 10/31/1989 Playwright
17 The Lisbon Traviata New York City Center/ Stage I 05/23/1989 Playwright
18 Urban Blight New York City Center/ Stage I 05/18/1988 Book
19 Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune New World Stages/ Stage II 06/02/1987 Playwright
20 It's Only a Play New York City Center/ Stage I 01/12/1986 Playwright
21 Bad Habits Astor Place Theatre 02/04/1974 Playwright
22 Whiskey Theater at St. Clement's Church 04/29/1973 Playwright
23 Where Has Tommy Flowers Gone? Eastside Playhouse 10/07/1971 Playwright
24 Adaptation / Next Greenwich Mews Theatre 02/10/1969 Playwright
25 Sweet Eros / Witness Gramercy Arts Theatre 11/21/1968 Playwright
26 Collision Course Actors' Playhouse 06/04/1968 Author
Award Production Function
1 NOMINATED 2023 Lucille Lortel Award, Outstanding Revival A Man of No Importance Book
2 NOMINATED 2023 Drama League Award, Outstanding Revival of a Musical A Man of No Importance Book
3 WON 2015 Lucille Lortel Award, Lifetime Achievement Award    
4 NOMINATED 2007 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Play Some Men Playwright
5 NOMINATED 2003 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Book of a Musical A Man of No Importance Book
6 WON 1995 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Play Love! Valour! Compassion! Playwright
7 WON 1995 Obie Award, Playwriting Love! Valour! Compassion! Playwright
8 WON 1992 Lucille Lortel Award, Outstanding Play Lips Together, Teeth Apart Playwright
9 WON 1974 Obie Award, Distinguished Play Bad Habits Playwright