Tom Eyen (Librettist/Lyricist) began writing and directing at La Mama E.T.C. and the Caffe Cino. Among his plays are The White Whore and the Bit Player (1964), Why Hanna's Skirt Won't Stay Down (1965), Miss Nefertiti Regrets (1965), Court (1966), Sarah B. Devine (1967), The Dirtiest Show in Town (1970), Women Behind Bars (1974) and The Neon Woman (1978). For television Mr. Eyen wrote the Emmy Award-winning "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman" (1976-1977), and The Bette Midler NBC Special (1977), which also won the Emmy. He most recently (1980) wrote and directed the first video movie title produced exclusively for cable television, Showtime's "The Dirtiest Show in Town." Mr. Eyen is the recipient of a Rockefeller Grant and a Guggenheim Fellowship Award. Dream Girls is Tom's first Broadway show.
Prior to Dreamgirls, Eyen wrote the book for Rachael Lily Rosenbloom (which closed in previews in 1973). Eyen died of cardiac arrest at age 50 in 1991.