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Mary Liz McNamara: Bio

The winner of the 2013 Bistro Award for Songwriting, Mary Liz won the 2015 Ellen Schwartz Award from BMI for "outstanding literary merit in lyric writing" and the 2011 Harrington award from BMI for "outstanding creative achievement in musical theater."  She is currently working on a new musical (book, music, lyrics), "Body and Soul," based on the 2006 documentary of the same name by filmmaker  Alice Elliot.  Mary Liz's musical "The Good Girl" was recently seen in a staged reading starring Penny Fuller and Faith Sandberg at Manhattan Musical Theater Lab.  "Body and Soul" is set for a staged reading in NYC in early 2017.  Mary Liz has won two MAC awards, most recently in 2011 for "Christmas in Michigan, and also in 2004 for "Bacon."  

Mary Liz has performed solo shows of her original music at The Duplex, Don’t Tell Mama, and Danny’s, all in NYC, and at The Gardenia, in LA, and was particularly thrilled to have opened for the late, great, John Wallowitch in one of his last shows at Danny’s in NYC.  Her songs are sung by theater and cabaret artists across the country, including absolutely bang-up versions of “Bacon” and "Christmas in Michigan" by the cabaret powerhouse Sharon McNight.