A composer/lyricist, collaborated with writer/lyricist Will Osborne on MAGIC TREE HOUSE: THE MUSICAL, based on the best selling children’s series by Mary Pope Osborne (national tour; c.d. on P.S. Classics).
Randy has collaborated with playwright/lyricist Mark St. Germain on the musicals THE GIFTS OF THE MAGI (ten consecutive seasons at the Lambs Theater; over three hundred productions world wide, including two national tours); JOHNNY PYE AND THE FOOLKILLER (Lambs Theater; AT&T New Plays Award); JOSEPH AND MARY (Pilgrims Progress Foundation Award; Los Angeles, Dallas, Indianapolis and in concert in New York City starring Kris Kristofferson); JACK’S HOLIDAY (Playwrights Horizons, nominated for three Outer Critics Circle Awards, including best musical); THE GINGERBREAD HOUSE (commission from Playwrights Horizons and Dreamworks); THE BOOK OF THE DUN COW (Prospect Theater Company); and DOCTOR DOLITTLE (Theaterworks USA).
With novelist/librettist Walter Wangerin Jr., Randy wrote the Christmas oratorio ANGELS AND ALL CHILDREN, and the operas POTTER and ELISABETH AND THE WATER TROLL (selected for development at the 2010 New Harmony Project).
Currently, Randy is collaborating with his wife, playwright Jenny Laird, on a series of musicals based on THE MAGIC TREE HOUSE books for Music Theater International’s Broadway Junior Collection.
Mr. Courts is a member of the Dramatists Guild and a regular participant at the New Harmony Project. His work has been published by Dramatists Play Service, Samuel French, Fireside Theatre, Augsburg Fortress Publishing, Music Theater International, and The Dramatic Publishing Company.