John Forster 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'Neal's off-Broadway and Let Freedom Sing at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. For TheatreWorks/USA he wrote five 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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