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Joe DiPietro wrote the book and lyrics to the musical comedy hit I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE, (composer: Jimmy Roberts), the longest running musical revue in off-Broadway history, with productions staged in over 150 cities around the world. Joe is also the author of the plays OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS, THE KISS AT CITY HALL, THE VIRGIN WEEPS, and the comic thriller THE ART OF MURDER (winner of the 2000 Edgar Award).

Joe DiPietro wrote the book and lyrics to the musical comedy hit I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE, (composer: Jimmy Roberts), the longest running musical revue in off-Broadway history, with productions staged in over 150 cities around the world. Joe is also the author of the plays OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS, THE KISS AT CITY HALL, THE VIRGIN WEEPS, and the comic thriller THE ART OF MURDER (winner of the 2000 Edgar Award). He wrote the book to the "new" Gershwin musical NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT (world premiere: Goodspeed Opera House, 2001), a new adaptation of Rodgers & Hart's BABES IN ARMS (world premiere: Goodspeed Opera House, 2002) and a new adaptation of Rodgers & Hammerstein's ALLEGRO (world premiere: Signature Theatre, 2004). In addition to his book and lyrics for the recent off-Broadway musical THE THING ABOUT MEN (composer: Jimmy Roberts), DiPietro's other projects include book and lyrics for the rock & roll musical MEMPHIS (composer: David Bryan, premiered regionally in late 2003), and the book for ALL SHOOK UP, an original musical comedy featuring the songs of Elvis Presley which opened on Broadway in 2005. Joe is the recipient of the William Inge Theater Festival New Voices In American Theater Award, and has won the O'Neill National Playwright's Conference MacArthur Award for comic writing.

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