John wrote the music and lyrics for HOW TO EAT LIKE A CHILD, one of the most performed shows in the country. He founded the long-running revue, THE PROPOSITION, as an undergraduate at Harvard, where he also wrote for the Hasty Pudding Theatricals. His satirical revue, BOTH BARRELS, had a long run in Los Angeles, where it received an LA Times’ “Best of the Best” citation for 1998, going on to Goodspeed Opera House and then an Off Broadway stand. In addition to ELEANOR, John’s other musicals include PRETZELS (music & lyrics) Off Broadway, INTO THE LIGHT (lyrics) on Broadway, THE DREAM TEAM (lyrics, with composer Thomas Tierney) at Goodspeed Opera House, FIVE CHRISTMASES (book, music & lyrics) in regional theaters and contributions to numerous revues, including UPSTAIRS AT O'NEALS' Off Broadway and LET FREEDOM SING at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. For TheatreWorks/USA he wrote 5 musicals, including book and lyrics for FREAKY FRIDAY with music by Mary Rodgers, author of the original novel. As a record producer he has received three Grammy nominations, writing and producing over a dozen acclaimed albums for children, with such artists as Tom Chapin, the Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen Twins and Rosenshontz. As a recording artist of his own satirical songs, John’s 1994 debut album Entering Marion, on Philo/Rounder Records, won an Indie Award (the Independent labels’ ‘Grammies’) for Comedy Album. Along with its successors Helium and The Official Bootleg Album, it can be sampled at www.johnforster.com.
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