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Jill Santoriello

book, music & lyrics

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JILL SANTORIELLO is the award-winning author of the Broadway musical A Tale of Two Cities (2008 Outer Critics Circle nomination for Outstanding New Broadway Musical) and It Happened in Key West.  She is one of only five women in history to write the book, music, and lyrics for a Broadway musical.


It Happened in Key West had its American premiere at the Fulton Theatre in Lancaster, PA in January of 2024, and its world premiere at London's Charing Cross Theatre in 2018.  The London Cast Recording of It Happened in Key West is available on all digital platforms.

After Broadway, Jill adapted and served as Executive Producer for a PBS- special A Tale of Two Cities - In Concert and the accompanying recording, A Tale of Two Cities International Studio Cast Recording. The special was narrated by veteran actor Michael York and featured many of the stars of the original Broadway cast.  Both DVD and CD are available online at Amazon and all digital platforms. 

​A Tale of Two Cities has been produced around the world in Canada, England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Germany, Australia, Korea, and Japan winning numerous awards. The Village Light Opera Group production is the first time the show has been performed in NYC since Broadway. 

Before Broadway, Jill spent 13 years in original programming development at Showtime Networks. She has a BS in Journalism from Ohio University, is a 15-time Ascap Plus Award winner, a NJ State Council on the Arts Fellowship winner and alumna of the distinguished BMI and ASCAP Musical Theater Workshops.  

Jill recently finished writing her first book, and future projects include the musical Pollyanna. She is a proud member of the Dramatist Guild and Maestra.


Instagram: @jillsantoriello

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