Terrence McNally was awarded the Dramatists Guild Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.
He is the winner of Tony Awards for his plays LOVE! VALOUR! COMPASSION! and MASTER CLASS and his books for the musicals RAGTIME and KISS OF THE SPIDERWOMAN.
In 2010 the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts presented TERRENCE McNALLY’S NIGHTS AT THE OPERA, a three-play festival of his work.
In 1996, he was elected to the Theater Hall of Fame.
More recently, the musical THE VISIT, for which he wrote the book, opened at Broadway’s Lyceum Theater. IT’S ONLY A PLAY opened at Broadway’s Schoenfeld Theater in the fall of 2014. MOTHERS AND SONS, his 20th Broadway production, received a 2014 Tony Nomination for Best Play. Off-Broadway, GOLDEN AGE opened at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Stage One at City Center and the Pearl Theatre premiered AND AWAY WE GO at their new home on 42nd St.
Other plays include FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE, LIPS TOGETHER, TEETH APART, THE LISBON TRAVIATA, CORPUS CHRISTI, THE RITZ, SOME MEN, A PERFECT GANESH, BAD HABITS, THE STENDHAL SYNDROME, DEDICATION OR THE STUFF OF DREAMS, DEUCE and UNUSUAL ACTS OF DEVOTION at the La Jolla Playhouse and Philadelphia Theatre Company.
He has written the books for the musicals THE FULL MONTY and A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE. He also wrote the libretto for the opera DEAD MAN WALKING which had its premiere at San Francisco Opera. His newest opera, GREAT SCOTT, will be premiering at Dallas Opera in the fall of 2015.
He has written a number of TV scripts, including Andre’s Mother for which he won an Emmy Award. He has received two Guggenheim Fellowships, a Rockefeller Grant, and a citation from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.