Micki Grant Helped Craft 1199 Musicals

August 31, 2021

Screen Shot 2021-08-31 at 4.15.52 PM.pngMicki Grant, who died on Aug. 21 at age 92, was the first woman to write the book, music and lyrics of a Broadway musical, “Don’t Bother Me I Can’t Cope.” She was also the first women to win a Grammy for a Broadway score. In 1972, Grant won New York Drama Desk, Obie and Outer Critic Circle awards.

“We want people to see that we are more alike than we are unalike,” Grant said of her work. And through her work with Bread and Roses (B&R) – 1199’s cultural project – Grant had a hand in some of 1199’s major cultural accomplishments. A longtime member of B&R’s advisory board, she was one of the six artists who transformed the workshop discussions of dozens of 1199ers into the songs and sketches of the wildly popular 1980 musical “Take Care.”

Grant worked with Ossie Davis, Lewis Cole, Helen Miller Allen Menken and Eve Meriam. At the time, the work was the first labor-produced musical revue since the International Garments Workers Union’s “Pins and Needles” in the 1930s.

During its 11-state tour, “Take Care” was seen by more than 35,000 hospital workers. Grant also worked on a follow-up production, “Take Care, Take Care,” two years later. Grant also was one of the songwriters on the musical “Working.”

She also scored with another Broadway musical, “Your Arms Too Short to Box With God.” In 1965, she began a seven-year run on the TV soap opera “Another World.” She is believed to have been the first African American contract player in soaps. She later appeared on “Guiding Light,” “Edge of Night” and “All My Children.”