Douglas Carter Beane

Douglas Carter Beane is an American playwright and screenwriter. Born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and raised in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, Beane now lives in New York.[1][2][3] His works include the screenplay of To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar, and several plays including The Country Club and The Little Dog Laughed, which was nominated for the 2007 Tony Award for Best Play and As Bees in Honey Drown, which ran at New York's Lucille Lortel Theatre in 1997. Beane often writes works with sophisticated, "drawing room" humor.


Beane wrote the book for Xanadu, a stage musical adaptation of the 1980 film of the same name, adding new plot twists and humor parodying the original movie. The musical was workshopped in 2006 and early 2007 with director Christopher Ashley and actors Jane Krakowski, Tony Roberts, and Cheyenne Jackson. The musical opened on Broadway at the Helen Hayes Theatre on July 10, 2007, with a budget of $5 million.[4] Kerry Butler and Cheyenne Jackson were the Broadway leads. Beane won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical.

In 2011, Beane was hired to "doctor" the book for the musical Sister Act [5] alongside Bill and Cheri Steinkellner for which he was nominated for a Tony Award, Best Book of a Musical.[6]

Beane wrote the book for the musical Lysistrata Jones and rewrote the book for a new adaptation of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella which opened on Broadway in 2013.[7][8] Also opening in 2013 was his new play for Lincoln Center, The Nance, starring Nathan Lane and directed by Jack O'Brien.[8][9] Beane has revised the libretto for the Metropolitan Opera's new production of the operetta Die Fledermaus which was performed in 2013- 2014.[10]

Beane is the artistic director of the Drama Dept. Theater Company in New York.

Beane trained as an actor, graduating from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts New York campus in 1980. He is very involved with his alma mater, workshopping new pieces with the students.[11]

Personal life

Beane is married to his frequent collaborator, composer Lewis Flinn, and the two are parents to two adopted children, Cooper and Gabrielle.[12]

Works (selected)





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  2. Hetrick, Adam. "Douglas Carter Beane's Next Project Will Be Autobiographical Play", March 8, 2013
  3. Collins-Hughes, Laura. "Douglas Carter Beane Returns to His Childhood ‘Home’" New York Times, June 18, 2015
  4. Riedel, Michael "'Xanadu' to B'Way?" Archived January 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine, New York Post, January 24, 2007. Retrieved on January 29, 2007.
  5. "It's Official: Douglas Carter Beane Joins 'Sister Act' Team"., February 28, 2011
  6. Hetrick, Adam. "Just the List: 2011 Tony Award Nominees", May 3, 2011
  7. "Theater Listings for March 1–7". New York Times. March 1, 2013. Retrieved February 28, 2013.
  8. "Douglas Carter Beane Broadway", accessed January 2, 2016
  9. Simonson, Robert. "SECOND FLOOR OF SARDI'S: A Drink With Douglas Carter Beane". Archived from the original on 20 March 2013. Retrieved 1 March 2013.
  10. "2013- 2014 Season- Composer Johann Strauss, Jr. Die Fledermaus". Retrieved 4 March 2013.
  11. "Notable Alumni | the American Academy of Dramatic Artsalumni, graduates, notable alumni, past students, famous past students, well-known, | the American Academy of Dramatic Arts".
  12. Portwood, Jerry (12 December 2011). "Double Take". Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  13. Viagas, Robert. The Verdict: Reviews for 'Shows for Days', Starring Patti LuPone and Michael Urie", July 1, 2015
  14. Hernandez, Ernio. "Lithgow and Ehle are Gossip Folk 'Mr. & Mrs. Fitch' Off-Broadway", January 26, 2010
  15. Siegel, Barbara and Scott. "Reviews. 'Music From a Sparkling Planet'", July 30, 2001
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