Charles Hart


Charles Hart


Charles Hart is a British lyricist, songwriter and musician. He is best known for re-writing the lyrics to, and contributing to the book of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stage musical The Phantom of the Opera. He also co-wrote (with Don Black) the lyrics to Lloyd Webber’s 1989 musical Aspects of Love. Hart also re-wrote Glenn Slater’s lyrics for Love Never Dies, the sequel to Phantom.Hart attracted the attention of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh, who were judges of the Vivian Ellis Awards for music theatre writers in which Hart was a finalist with an entry based on Moll Flanders. Webber hired him as a lyricist for The Phantom of the Opera a year later. He also wrote lyrics for The Kissing-Dance and The Dreaming (both with music by Howard Goodall), also for The Vampyr: A Soap Opera (BBC TV). He has written miscellaneous songs, as well as both words and music for television, (Watching, Split Ends for Granada TV) and Love Songs (BBC Radio). His Two Studies for String Quartet premièred in February 2005 at London’s Purcell Room, performed by the Sacconi Quartet. He has received two Ivor Novello Awards and has been nominated twice for a Tony Award. He was also nominated for an Academy Award for writing the lyrics to a new song “Learn to be Lonely” which was sung by Minnie Driver over the final credits to the film version of The Phantom of the Opera

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