Danny Haengil Larsen (He/Him) (Music and Lyrics) and Michelle Elliott (She/Her) (Book and Lyrics) have been collaborating since meeting at New York University’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program 18 years ago. Their latest work, Hart Island, was presented as part of the 2020 NAMT Festival of New Musicals; previously it received a Beta Series production at Village Theatre, a series of staged readings at Playwrights Horizons in 2018 (co-produced by Musical Theatre Factory and Village Theatre) and was featured in the 2017 Village Originals Festival of New Musicals.
Michelle and Danny are working on a new musical entitled Country Radio with Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls. They are also translating their musical, Cloaked, for a digital platform. The writers received a Jonathan Larson Award for Cloaked, and Michelle received the Kleban Award for Most Promising Librettist for the show.
Maiden Voyage, their passionate, musical exploration of the lives of women aboard a notorious pirate ship, is being developed for a 2024 premiere in Denmark.
Danny and Michelle wrote, filmed and produced a seven-part online musical for teens entitled The Hinterlands in response to the spate of suicides by gay youth. The web series can be seen at HinterlandsTheMusical.com and on YouTube.
Their first musical, The Yellow Wood, was presented in the New York Musical Theatre Festival (directed by B.D. Wong), where Danny won the award for Best Music. In 2008 the show was part of the Village Originals and the National Alliance of Musical Theatre Festival (directed by Brian Yorkey).