Award-winning lyricist and performer. He was known for co-writing the Broadway musical version of 'Hairspray' from the John Waters film.
He began his career working as a musical director in theatre and cabaret productions, then worked for Bette Midler as her vocal arranger, musical director, and co-producer.
He was in a long-standing relationship with partner and collaborator Scott Wittman.
He co-wrote and co-produced various cuts on Mariah Carey's album "Merry Christmas II You" from 2010.