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Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella

Grand Duchy

Broadway Sings the Music of Jule Styne

Campaign of the Century

See photos from CAMPAIGN OF THE CENTURY at the Chicago Humanities Festival
See backstage photos from CAMPAIGN OF THE CENTURY at the New York Musical Theatre Festival
See photos from CAMPAIGN OF THE CENTURY in Beverly Hills


After acclaimed sold-out runs at Hartford Stage in Connecticut and The Old Globe in San Diego, California, A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER, the new musical comedy, opens on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre on November 17, 2013. Tony Award winner Jefferson Mays (I Am My Own Wife) stars in a tour-de-force performance as eight members of the wealthy and powerful D'Ysquith family, who are targeted for murder by a disinherited heir bent on revenge. Based on the novel by Roy Horniman, the book is by Robert L. Freedman, the music by Steven Lutvak, and the lyrics by Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak. Darko Tresnjak directs, and Bryce Pinkham co-stars, with Lisa O'Hare, Lauren Worsham, Jane Carr, Joanna Glushak, Eddie Korbich, Jeff Kready, Jennifer Smith, Price Waldman, Catherine Walker, Pamela Bob, Mark Ledbetter, and Don Stephenson rounding out the cast.


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Read the New York Times review of the Hartford Stage production.


The Old GlobeHartford StageA new musical comedy, with Book by Robert L. Freedman, Music by Steven Lutvak, Lyrics by Robert L. Freedman & Steven Lutvak, directed by Darko Tresnjak. The World Premiere, starring Tony Award Winner Jefferson Mays and Ken Barnett, took place at the Hartford Stage in Hartford, Connecticut, October 11-November 11, 2012, followed by a co-production at The Old Globe in San Diego, California, March 8-April 14, 2012.

Jefferson MaysKen Barnett


Disney's "CAMP ROCK THE MUSICAL," an adaptation for the stage of the Disney Channel films "Camp Rock" and "Camp Rock 2," written in collaboration with Faye Greenberg and David Lawrence ("High School Musical") for Disney Theatricals.


Robert L. Freedman and Faye Greenberg have written a new one-man play, “THE BEAST OF BROADWAY: The Life and Times of David Merrick,” (pictured at left) about the legendary producer. The play premieres on March 4, 2010, at TheatreZone in Naples, Florida, in a production starring David Garrison (pictured at right), directed by Mark Danni and produced by Danni and Larry Goodsight. For more information, go to To read a newspaper article about the production, go to

After receiving a B.A. in Theatre from UCLA, Robert went on to get a double Masters in Dramatic Writing and Musical Theatre at NYU, where his teachers included such legendary theatre talents as Leonard Bernstein, Jule Styne, Arthur Laurents, and Betty Comden and Adolph Green. NYU is also where Robert began collaborations with composer-pianist John Bayless and songwriter-performer Steven Lutvak.

BROADWAY SINGS THE MUSIC OF JULE STYNE began life as a theatre piece commissioned by the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut, and its artistic director, Arvin Brown. It eventually became a television special for Great Performances on PBS.

GRAND DUCHY, with book and lyrics by Robert and music by John Bayless, began as a graduate thesis project at NYU. Ira Weitzman, then the director of Musical Theatre development for off-Broadway's Playwrights Horizons, saw the first act of GRAND DUCHY and offered Robert and John a staged reading when the show was completed.

In March, 1984, the staged reading of GRAND DUCHY was performed twice at Playwrights Horizons, with a cast including Diane Fratantoni, Stephen Bogardus, Janie Sell, Mary-Pat Green, Ron Fassler, Jane Galloway, Clark Sayre, David Wohl, Stephen Berger, and Jean Kauffman, directed by Michael Leeds. Despite a positive response, buzz about a production at Goodspeed, and other venues, never came to fruition.

Two years later, New Jersey's Papermill Playhouse produced a staged reading starring Jane Connell, Marcia Lewis, John Sher, Paige O'Hara, Brent Barrett, Larry Francer, and Jean Kauffman, among others, directed by Phillip Wm. McKinley. In August, 2000, another staged reading was produced at the Falcon Theatre in Burbank, California, directed by Jules Aaron and starring Marian Mercer, Robert Mandan, David Burnham, Sean Smith, John Alee, Jean Kauffman, Elizabeth Ann Traub, and others, and was equally well-received.

Finally (and not a moment too soon), in November, 2003, GRAND DUCHY received its world premiere production, directed by Clark Sayre (who was in the 1984 reading at Playwrights Horizons) at the Charger Theatre, at Dos Pueblos High School, near Santa Barbara, California.

Loosely inspired by Mark Twain's "The Prince and the Pauper", GRAND DUCHY is a 30's-style screwball comedy that tells the story of a Princess and a Rebel who switch places and turn everything upside down in the tiniest country in Europe.

In 1999, Broadway composer Jerry Herman ("Hello, Dolly", "Mame", "La Cage Aux Folles") asked Robert to write the book for his new musical, MISS SPECTACULAR. In 2002, Jerry Herman released a recording of the score of MISS SPECTACULAR, as a "concept" album. The songs are performed by Christine Baranski, Michael Feinstein, Davis Gaines, Debbie Gravitte, Steve Lawrence, Karen Morrow and Faith Prince.

CAMPAIGN OF THE CENTURY, based on a book by Greg Mitchell, is one of Robert's current musical collaborations with Steven Lutvak, and recently won the 2006 California Musical Theatre Award from the Beverly Hills Theatre Guild. A staged reading of the show took place on June 4, 2006, in Beverly Hills, starring John Rubinstein (pictured), Kaitlin Hopkins, Josh Radnor, Jean Louisa Kelly, Stan Chandler, Corinne Kason, Michael Kostroff, Ron Orbach, Tregoney Shepherd and Steve Vinovich. Set during the Great Depression, it's the story of media manipulation and chicanery in Upton Sinclair's race for governor of California in 1934, and features characters including William Randolph Hearst, Louis B. Mayer, Irving Thalberg, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, Aimee Semple McPherson, Louella Parsons and Shirley Temple. See photos of from the CAMPAIGN OF THE CENTURY reading on June 4, 2006 in Beverly Hills.

A staged reading was held on September 19, 2005, at 3:00 and 7:00 p.m., at Makor, 35 West 67th St., NYC, under the auspices of the New York Musical Theatre Festival. The cast featured Tony winner Michael Rupert as Upton Sinclair, with Sally Mayes, Evan Pappas, Stacie Morgain Lewis, Elsa Carmona, Michael DeVries, Sean Allan Krill, Ron Orbach, Tom Alan Robbins, and KT Sullivan. Jan Rosenberg was the Musical Director, and Robert directed. For more information, go to, and click on 'Free Readings.' See photos of the NYMF presentation.

CAMPAIGN OF THE CENTURY was presented in concert as the closing event of the Chicago Humanities Festival on November 14, 2004, with a cast headed by Michael Rupert as Upton Sinclair, and Rob Alton, Roger Anderson, Brian Herriott, Trace Hultgren, Glory Kissel, Frances Limoncelli, Susie McMonagle, Rachel Rockwell, Malcolm Rothman, Daniel Tatar and Tracy Warren.  Robert directed, and Steven Lutvak was musical director. See photos of the Chicago Humanities Festival presentation.

Staged readings of CAMPAIGN OF THE CENTURY were held in December, 2003 and May, 2004, at American Musical Theatre of San Jose, directed by Robert, produced by Mark Jacobs, with musical direction by Craig Bohmler. Performers included John Hickok as Upton Sinclair, and Diana Torres-Koss, Angela Gunter, David Curley, Marsha Mercant, Meg MacKay, Elsa Carmona, Craig Mason, Richard Frederick, Corinne Kason, Ren Reynolds, Timothy Meyers and Dana Lewenthal.

Robert and Steven Lutvak were invited to the Sundance Institute's Theatre Lab for a 3-week workshop, July 10-30, 2006

For their work in musical theatre, Robert and Steve were the recipients of the 2nd Annual Fred Ebb Award for songwriting, from the Fred Ebb Foundation and the Roundabout Theatre Company. They shared a $50,000 prize presented at a reception at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway on November 28, 2006. See more photos of the Fred Ebb Award Presentation in New York City.

Robert and Steve were honored with the 2006 Kleban Award for lyric writing, given annually in honor of the late Edward Kleban ("A Chorus Line"). The team of Freedman and Lutvak tied with lyricist Allison Hubbard, with whom they share the $100,000 prize.

Robert participated in a tribute to playwright Arthur Laurents, right, at the annual William Inge Theatre Festival, April 21-25, 2004, in Independence, Kansas.

In the photo below, Jean Kauffman (in blue) as Electra performs "You Gotta Have a Gimmick" from GYPSY at the tribute to Laurents. Also pictured are Gina Austin (Tessie) and Lisa Cutler (Mazeppa).

And finally, Robert L Freedman and Winnie Holzman spoke lovingly of their experiences with Arthur Laurents as teacher and mentor, and read congratulatory letters from Barbra Streisand, Angela Lansbury, Chita Rivera, and others at the William Inge Theatre Festival tribute to Laurents.

Robert and Steven Lutvak were invited to be Playwrights-In-Residence at the William Inge House in Independence, Kansas, February 13-26, 2005.

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