Jill Santoriello

Jill Santoriello is an American musician, composer, lyricist, and author. She is a self-taught musician whose award-winning first musical A Tale of Two Cities was an Outer Critics Circle Award nominee for Outstanding New Musical in 2009. Her newest musical "It Happened In Key West", co-written with Jason Huza and Jeremiah James, will have its world premiere at London's Charing Cross Theatre starring Wade McCollum beginning July 4, 2018.[1][2][3]

Santoriello was born in Summit, New Jersey and grew up in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey,[4] and graduated from Governor Livingston High School in 1983.[5]

On September 18, 2008, Santoriello's Broadway musical adaptation of A Tale of Two Cities officially opened at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre in New York, from previews on August 19.[6] The musical's producers announced on November 4 that the show would be closing on November 16, but closed earlier than expected on November 9.

In addition to the 2009 Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Outstanding New Musical, "Tale" also received an additional Outer Critics Circle nomination for Best Actor and 3 Drama Desk Award nominations. The world premiere production at the Asolo Theatre was nominated for 12 Sarasota Theater Awards and won 10, including "Best Musical".

In 2009, Santoriello adapted the musical for the concert stage and co-produced a television filming of the concert at the Theatre Royal in Brighton, England. This television program was broadcast on public television, WGBH-Boston in December 2009 and a DVD of the show is available on Amazon. Santoriello also co-produced an accompanying studio recording of the score for simultaneous release with the television show.

She also contributed to the music and lyrics to the musical version of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander. Music by Kevin Walsh and lyrics by Mike Gibb.[7]

Among her new projects are a musical version of the 1913 Eleanor H. Porter novel Pollyanna.[8]


Santoriello is a Carr Van Anda honors graduate of the Ohio University School of Journalism. She is also an alumna of the BMI and ASCAP Musical Theater Workshops.

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  1. ^ "Jill Santoriello's It Happened in Key West Musical Sets London World Premiere". 2018-04-09. Prior to that songs from "It Happened in Key West" were premiered at the Good To Go Festival and at Broadway Au Carre in Paris.
  2. ^ "It Happened in Key West". Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  3. ^ "Google Translate". Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  4. ^ Gurewitsch, Matthew. "Realizing a Musical Dickensian Dream", The New York Times, September 16, 2008. Accessed February 27, 2011. "Still in grade school in Berkeley Heights, N.J., Ms. Santoriello got a first taste of Broadway when her mother took her to Shenandoah and the first revival of The King and I, still starring Yul Brynner."
  5. ^ Cedeira, Marian. "GL graduate adapts 'Tale of Two Cities' for the Broadway stage", Independent Press, August 19, 2008. Accessed February 27, 2011. "Jill Santoriello, Governor Livingston High School Class of 1983, has written the book, music and lyrics for A Tale of Two Cities, a new musical currently in previews at the Al Hirschfeld Theater, in New York City's theater district."
  6. ^ A Tale of Two Cities at the Internet Broadway Database
  7. ^ http://www.outlanderthemusical.com/about.htm
  8. ^ "jillsantoriello". Retrieved 17 November 2016.