PAUL COZBY – A Texan by birth and New Yorker by choice, Paul Cozby is an award-winning playwright and writes book, music and lyrics for his own original musicals, including BABES AT SEA, PANTHER CITY and HERBERT HOOVER HIGH SCHOOL PRESENTS – CYRANOSE! THE MUSICAL.
Paul wrote a new book and additional lyrics for composer Bert Draesel and lyricist Nancy Leeds for THE DANCING PRINCESS, a family musical based on the beloved children’s book by New York author and illustrator Judith Gwyn Brown.THE DANCING PRINCESS was a finalist for the 2014 Eugene O’Neill Center National Musical Theater Workshop. Paul also collaborated with Tom Hyndman on FICTITIOUS: A COMPLETELY UNAUTHORIZED MUSICAL PARODY NOT BASED ON THE LIFE OF ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGAR.FICTITIOUS was performed Off Broadway as part of the 2016 Sound Bites 10-Minute Musical Festival.
Most recently, Bull Market Productions produced Paul’s musical send-up of the business world—THE DAY TRADERS—at The Triad in New York.
Additionally, Lone Star Theatre Co. produced ONLY HUMANS LIKE MY MUSIC—THE SONGS OF PAUL COZBY, a sold-out night of Paul’s works at New York’s Laurie Beechman Theatre. And Paul was honored to write the script for American Opera Project’s Gala OPERA DOES BROADWAY DOES OPERA—celebrating the life and work of Stephen Schwartz.
Through their company, The Musical Machine, Paul and his wife, Sherry, associate produced—with Tony-winning producer Van Dean—the world premiere and Off Broadway debut of ROOMS—A ROCK ROMANCE, directed by Scott Schwartz. And Paul was proud to be one of producer Ken Davenport’s POGs (People of GODSPELL), helping bring that beloved musical back to Broadway.
A newspaper reporter and editor in a previous life, Paul enjoys writing about New York and theater. And he currently serves as communications director at Fellowship for Performing Arts, producers of the Off Broadway hit THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS. Paul and Sherry live on New York’s Upper West Side with their Chihuahua Whinnie. None of their five kids went to the University of Texas, and Paul will get over that someday. Paul talks all things musical at his blog/website PaulCozby.com