James Salem

Bookwriter
Lyricist
Composer
Screenwriter
(board game enthusiast)
(lawyer)
(dog lover)
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2020

#Masc4Masc:
A Totally Masculine Musical

Book & Lyrics by James Salem

Music by Josh Ben-Ami

A totally queer rom-com with a fabulous pop-infused score 🎶 exploring themes of identity, discovering one’s true self, and whether love transcends all! 🌈🦄💖

JAMES SALEM (he/him) is a Puerto Rican/Sephardic Jewish queer bookwriter, lyricist, and composer. In 2021, James was a finalist, with Josh Ben-Ami, for the Marvin Hamlisch International Music Award for emerging musical theatre artists. James wrote the book/lyrics for Bending All the Rules, which was produced in 2013 at the June Havoc Theatre in the Midtown International Theatre Festival. Bending was praised for “nuanced lyrics” and a “fresh” book. James also wrote book/lyrics for Among the Hidden (awarded a staged reading grant in 2015).  More recently, James wrote book/lyrics for #Masc4Masc:A Totally Masculine Musical (a queer and inclusive romantic comedy) and Camp Cut-the-Cord (a musical comedy about screen-addicted teens) - both created at the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU Tisch.  In 2020, James co-created the musical webseries Is This Art Now? with Jessie Field. James wrote words and music for the series, alongside a plethora of contributing composers including Josh Ben-Ami, Lydia Breckon, Elspeth Collard, Sean Eads & Jared Field. James holds an MFA from NYU Tisch (2020), a JD from NYU Law (2016), and a BA from CUNY Hunter (2013). James is currently working on a number of musicals, including a queer re-imagining of Pride & Prejudice with Jessie Field. James is also a licensed and practicing attorney. James was born and raised in Brooklyn.

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