Martin Charnin is an American theatre director, lyricist, and composer. He appeared as one of the Jets in the musical “West Side Story”. His best-known work is as lyricist on the hit musical “Annie”. His Tony award-winning Broadway production of Annie celebrated its twentieth anniversary in 1997 with a return to Broadway.
Charnin has been the director, lyricist, composer, librettist, producer or combination of the aforementioned for over 75 theatrical productions including “Annie”, “Loose Lips”, and “La Strada”. He has received four Tony nominations, two Tony awards, six Grammy Awards, three Emmy Awards, three Gold Records, two Platinum Records, six Drama Desk Awards, a Peabody Award for Broadcasting, and most recently another Grammy Award for Jay-Z?s rap album “Hard Knock Life”.
Source- Music Theatre International http://www.mtishows.com/bio.asp?bID=3404