Micki Grant, a star and Tony-nominated writer of 'Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope,' dies at 80
Last Edit: WaymanWong 04:11 pm EDT 08/22/21
Posted by: WaymanWong 04:04 pm EDT 08/22/21

BroadwayWorld reports that Micki Grant, an actress and 2-time Tony nominee for writing the book and score to ''Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope,'' has passed away at age 80. Grant made history with this 1972 revue, a celebration of African-American culture and community. She has been cited as the first woman to write both the music and lyrics for a Broadway musical and the first woman to win a Grammy for the score of a Broadway musical.

Anyone recall the original ''Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope''? It was Tony-nominated for Best Musical and ran for 1,068 performances. In 2016, the York Theatre staged a limited run, and in 2018, Encores! Off-Center revived it, choreographed and directed by Savion Glover.

Grant got her third Tony nomination for contributing to the score of ''Working'' (1978), alongside Stephen Schwartz, Craig Carnelia, James Taylor, Mary Rodgers and Susan Birkenhead. (And she wrote two of my favorite songs from ''Working'': ''If I Could've Been'' and ''Cleanin' Women.'')

As an actress, Grant performed Off-Broadway in the early '60s in Jean Genet's ''The Blacks'' with James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson.

And she played attorney Peggy Nolan on NBC's ''Another World'' in the first storyline written for an African-American in a daytime soap.

Her accomplishments and awards were many. For more of them, see BroadwayWorld's story below.
Link BroadwayWorld.com: Micki Grant, Composer, Playwright and Performer, Dies at Age 80

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