Harold & Lillian
book & lyrics by Dan Collins music by Julianne Wick Davis
based on the documentary film by Daniel Raim
directed by Michael Greif
dramaturg: Jerry Patch
Pacific Playwrights Festival
June 21, 2021 - June 27, 2021

A musical about the Hollywood romance of storyboard artist Harold Michelson and film researcher Lillian Michelson. Beginning with their elopement after Harold came home from World War II, their marriage spanned six decades—during which they overcame daunting personal challenges and made surprising movie magic.

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Dan Collins (Book and Lyrics) wrote the book and lyrics for the musicals Trevor, Southern Comfort and The Pen, all with composer Julianne Wick Davis. Trevor received its world premiere at Writers Theatre Chicago, where it won the Jeff Award for Best New Work; it’s set to open off-Broadway as soon as the New York City theatre season resumes. Southern Comfort was produced by the Public Theater, following productions at Barrington Stage and Cap21 (Critic's Pick, New York Times and Time Out); it received the Jonathan Larson Award, a GLADD Media Award and was a Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk awards nominee. The Pen (Critic's Pick, New York Times) was produced by Inner Voices and received a Solo Performance Drama Desk Award nomination for its star, Nancy Anderson. His other projects include Wood (starring Tony Award-winner Cady Huffman) and When We Met (Eugene O’Neill National Musical Theater Conference; Collaborative Arts Project/CAP 21). Collins is currently working in collaboration with Annette O’Toole, Michael McKean and Julianne Wick Davis on a musical adaptation of the documentary Harold & Lillian. He was selected as a Dramatist Guild Fellow. Collins received his MFA in musical theatre writing at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and his BFA in playwriting at The Theatre School of DePaul University.


Julianne Wick Davis (Composer & Lyricist) is the recipient of the Jonathan Larson Award (2012) and was the Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award for Outstanding Female Musical Theater Composer (2018). Named one of the Fifty Women to Watch in 2020 by the Broadway Women’s Fund, Davis also received a Lotte Lenya Competition Songbook Series Award (2020) from the Kurt Weill Foundation. Her collaboration on Trevor, with Dan Collins (book and lyrics), had its world premiere at Writers Theatre, Chicago, and received a Jefferson Award for Outstanding New Musical. Trevor is slated to open off-Broadway in 2021. Southern Comfort, also with Collins, received a production at ​the Public Theat​er and was a New York Times Critic’s Pick, as well as received Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics Circle awards nominations for Outstanding Musical. Southern Comfort was part of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre Convention (2012) and received a production at Barrington Stage Company, a reading at Playwrights Horizons and a developmental production at Collaborative Arts Project/CAP 21, which garnered a GLAAD Media Award and Critics' Picks from Time Out NYC and The New York Times. The Pen, with Collins, produced for for Inner Voices was another New York Times Critic's Pick. When We Met (music & lyrics), was a part of the O’Neill Musical Theater Conference, York Theatre Company’s NEO Development Series, Broadway Bound Concert Series and received a developmental production at CAP21. The Willard Suitcases (book, music & lyrics) had its world premiere at American Shakespeare Center (2019) and was named one of the Top Ten 2019 Theatrical Events by The Washington Post and was featured in the Broadway Bound Series at Merkin Hall. Lautrec at the St. James (music) with John Dietrich (book and lyrics), was selected for the NAMT Conference (2019) and will be a part of the Applause Concert Series at the Olney Theatre Center (2021).  Wicks, along with Dan Collins, is currently developing a new musical with Annette O’Toole and Michael McKean based on the documentary, Harold & Lillian. She has also contributed two songs for Shakina Nayfack’s Manifest Pussy and was commissioned to write a song for Lonny Price’s Lincoln Center Originals series. She is a Dramatist Guild Fellow, a York Theatre NEO 9 Emerging Writer and a Sundance Fellow at Ucross. She received her MFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, where she is currently on faculty. Davis is an ASCAP and Dramatist Guild member.

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