Peter Udell (born 1934) is an American lyricist and writer, best known for his collaborations with composer Gary Geld.[1][2]

He started his career in popular music in the 1960s, writing lyrics for songs including "Sealed With A Kiss", "Save Your Heart for Me" and "Hurting Each Other".

Udell wrote the lyrics and co-wrote the book for the Broadway musicals Purlie (1970), Shenandoah (1975), Angel (1978), Comin' Uptown (1979) and Amen Corner (1983).

He received a Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical for Shenandoah, and was also nominated for Best Original Score.


  1. ^ Hischak, Thomas (2008). The Oxford Companion to the American Musical. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 763. ISBN 978-0195335330.
  2. ^ Wilson, John S. (February 16, 1975). "The 'Shenandoah' Saga". The New York Times. Retrieved August 15, 2020.