LHDP Timeline - Michael Biello & Dan Martin

Michael Biello and Dan Martin are life-partners and longtime collaborators who have created a unique body of critically acclaimed work in musical theatre, dance theatre, and performance art.

Their newest musical in development, The Cousins Grimm, enjoyed a workshop at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center in August, 2008.  The Cousins Grimm was also presented in 2007 at NYMF where it received an Anna Sosenko Trust Award.

Martin and Biello’s work has enjoyed success in Chicago, where Bailiwick’s production of their musical Breathe won the 1999 After Dark Award for Outstanding New Work and where, in 2000, Bailiwick commissioned and premiered their revue Q – the Songs of Martin & Biello.   Breathe has been subsequently presented in various US cities including Philadelphia, Omaha, Richmond, and Dallas (2009).

Biello & Martin’s theatre work has also been presented in New York at American Opera Projects, New Dramatists, Musical Theater Works, HERE, the TWEED Festival, BAX, and PS 122, among others, in Miami at City Theatre, in Washington DC at DCAC, in San Francisco at the People’s Theater Coalition, and in Philadelphia at The Harold Prince Theatre, the Painted Bride, and the Wilma and Walnut Street Theatres, among others.

Additional credits include their dance/theater/music performances of the late 1970s and early 1980s including Two Men Dancing (with Ishmael Houston-Jones, 1976 - 1980), How I Spent My Summer Vacation (1983), and a series of innovative performance art musicals in the early and mid 1990’s including Homo Love Song (1990) and Human Being (1992). Sanctuary (in collaboration with choreographer Jim Self) was presented at Danspace and Cornell University in 1993.  Their avant garde one-woman musical Claire, created with director/choreographer Melanie Stewart, was originally presented at Philadelphia’s Arts Bank in 1996 and enjoyed a sold out revival at the 2007 Philly Fringe Festival.

Biello and Martin’s songs have been performed from LaMama to Lincoln Center and have garnered various honors and awards including: Table 3 – performed by Tony Award winner Karen Ziemba at Lincoln Center (2001); You Do Not Know Me – nominated for a 2000 GLAMA Award for Best Theatre Song; What We Believe is Right – performed for an audience of 300,000 at the 1993 GLBT March On Washington; and The Dance - a 1992 film version of which is in the permanent collection of New York’s Museum of Modern Art.  A new recording of Table 3 by Tony nominee Erin Dilly is featured as part of the 2008 BMI Workshop Podcast and Songbook.

Biello is also a fine artist who has created sets, props, and masks for a variety of dances including Zero Moving Company’s Vindauga (1981), Melanie Stewart’s The Messenger (2000) and Babel (2004), and Lisa Kraus’ Partita Project (2007).  Martin has also composed scores for dozens of modern dance pieces including Margaret (with choreographer Edrie Ferdun, 1981), Aria (with Matthew Neenan, 1998) and many pieces with choreographer Melanie Stewart (1983 – 2007).

Biello and Martin create their work at the Biello Martin Studio in Old City Philadelphia.  They are members of The Dramatists Guild and the BMI/Lehman Engel Advanced Musical Theater Workshop in New York.  They are the co-founders of OUTMUSIC and in 2004 were inducted into the GLBT Hall of Fame.  

Selected press clips:


“Biello draws upon his experiences … transforming them into

vignettes that seem like updates of Federico Fellini.”

Philadelphia Inquirer

“Behind Martin’s music is a driving emotional force

that compels attention.”

Philadelphia Inquirer

“Martin and Biello have a knack for creating uplifting pieces

that eschew the maudlin in favor of that which can genuinely touch

the heart and soul.”

Philadelphia City Paper

“Martin and Biello’s songs are more human than most people allow themselves to be, conveying incredible tenderness and beauty.”

Harrisburg Sunday Patriot-News


“Martin’s technically complex and intensely melodic music,

which at times recalls the work of William Finn or even Stephen Sondheim,

is matched by thoughtful lyrics from Biello.”

Chicago Tribune

“Dan Martin’s music is hauntingly beautiful …

and Michael Biello’s lyrics are affecting and effective.”

Hollywood Drama-Logue

“An evening with Martin and Biello is tantalizing and intimate

at the same time … together, they create incredible possibilities for exploring gay sexuality and relationships.  A truly memorable experience.”

Seattle Gay News

“Martin and Biello have a masterful touch with both melodies and lyrics.  Their songs are first-rate.”

San Francisco Bay Times

“Martin and Biello’s memorable melodies and brilliant lyrics are the stuff that musical theater classics are made of.”

Windy City Times

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LHDP Timeline - Michael Biello & Dan Martin
Published on March 14, 2015 - 12:09am