Michael Stewart
BornMyron Rubin
(1924-08-01)August 1, 1924
New York City, U.S.
DiedSeptember 20, 1987(1987-09-20) (aged 63)
New York City, U.S.
OccupationPlaywright, librettist
EducationCity University of New York, Queens (BA)
Yale University (MFA)
GenreMusical theatre
Notable works
Notable awards
RelativesFrancine Pascal (sister)
John Pascal (brother-in-law)

Michael Stewart (August 1, 1924 – September 20, 1987) was an American playwright and dramatist, librettist, lyricist, screenwriter and novelist.

Life and career

Born Myron[1] Stuart Rubin in Manhattan, Stewart attended Queens College, and graduated from the Yale School of Drama with a Master of Fine Arts in 1953.[2][3]

His early work was writing sketches for the revues The Shoestring Revue (1955),[4] The Littlest Revue (1956),[5] and Shoestring '57 (1956, Barbizon-Plaza, New York).[6] He then joined the staff writers of Sid Caesar's television program, Caesar's Hour.[2]

He met Charles Strouse and Lee Adams in 1954, and several years after collaborated with them and Gower Champion on the 1960 Broadway musical Bye Bye Birdie.[2] He worked again with Champion and Jerry Herman, with their musical Hello, Dolly! opening on Broadway in 1964.[2]

Stewart died on September 20, 1987, in New York City. Jule Styne said of him: "He was an extremely talented and knowledgeable man of the theater. He was one of the great musical-theater writers, and his string of hits showed that."[2] Stewart's sister was writer Francine Pascal and brother Burt Rubin.[2][7]

Theatre credits


  1. ^ Mitchell Loebel, 1st cousin
  2. ^ a b c d e f Gerard, Jeremy. "Michael Stewart Is Dead 63; Author of Broadway Musicals" The New York Times, September 21, 1987, Section B, p.16
  3. ^ His name should be shown as "Myron Rubin" — edited by Mitchell Loebel, first cousin.
  4. ^ The Shoestring Revue. BroadWayWorld.com, accessed January 3, 2011
  5. ^ The Littlest Revue. BroadWayWorld.com, accessed January 3, 2011
  6. ^ Funke, Lewis. "Theatre: 'Shoestring '57': New Revue Arrives at the Barbizon-Plaza", The New York Times, November 6, 1956, p.31
  7. ^ Burt Rubin, son of William and Kate Rubin and brother to Michael Stewart. "Michael Stewart Is Dead 63; Author of Broadway Musicals", The New York Times, September 21, 1987, Section B, p.16
  8. ^ Rich, Frank."Stage:'Harrigan 'n Hart' Opens at the Longacre" The New York Times, February 1, 1985