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Over the course of a distinguished career, Barry Singer has written extensively about the arts for The N.Y. Times Arts & Leisure section, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, The N.Y. Times Magazine and Opera News, among others. He currently writes regular culture pieces for the Huffington Post and reviews book for USA Today.

He is the author of BLACK AND BLUE: The Life and Lyrics of Andy Razaf, a N.Y. Times Notable Book of the Year; ALIVE AT THE VILLAGE VANGUARD, winner of an ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for excellence in music writing; EVER AFTER: The Last Years of Musical Theater and Beyond; and CHURCHILL STYLE: The Art of Being Winston Churchill, published by Abrams Image. He most recently contributed the Foreword and text for FRANK SINATRA: NEW YORK, NEW YORK 1938-1956, a collection of vintage Sinatra photographs by the legendary lensman, William "Popsie" Randolph.

He has written the lyrics and libretto for MISIA, a new musical featuring a previously undiscovered score by the legendary composer Vernon Duke, released in its world premiere recording by PS Classics.

He is also the founder and proprietor of CHARTWELL BOOKSELLERS, one of New York City's last independent bookstores, now in its 33rd year.


"I cannot imagine a reader who admires Churchill not having a good time with this book. I know I did."
-Michael Korda
"Should readjust our perspective on the history of American popular song."
Winner ASCAP DEEMS TAYLOR AWARD for Music Writing.
"A superbly written, utterly fascinating survey of the recent, largely unchronicled history of the American musical."
-Robert Kimball
Articles from The New York Times, The New Yorker and more.
Music by Vernon Duke
Book & Lyrics by Barry Singer