Micki Grant, Groundbreaking Broadway Composer, Dies at 92

The experience of working with Ms. Carroll was “magical,” according to Ms. Carroll.

This year, Ms. Grant told American Theater magazine, “It all came together so perfectly.” We met by chance because I needed a place to show my work and she needed new work to show because that’s who she is. Having original works brought out her creativity instead of trying to repeat something that had already been done.

For “Your Arms Too Short to Box With God,” the two women collaborated on an acclaimed gospel-infused musical that premiered on Broadway in 1976 and lasted for 429 performances. The book was written by Ms. Carroll, and Alex Bradford composed the music and lyrics, with additional songs written by Ms. Grant.

It wasn’t long before Ms. Grant was a member of the five songwriters behind “Working,” which was based on the Studs Terkel book of interviews with ordinary people about their jobs. They were nominated for best original score at the Tony Awards.

a woman laments: ‘I would have done big things if I could’ve done what I could’ve done/Swam a few rivers/Climbed a few hills/Paid all my bills.’ in one of Ms. Grant’s songs, ‘Working.’

“It’s So Nice to Be Civilized” (1980) was her final Broadway show, and it closed after just eight performances.

Jacques Brel Blues, which premiered in East Hampton, N.Y., in 1988, and “Don’t Underestimate a Nut,” a musical based on the life of George Washington Carver, the agricultural scientist who promoted peanut cultivation, are among her other credits. A children’s theatre in Omaha, Nebraska, commissioned it in 1994.

Emily Mann’s Tony Award-winning play, “Having Our Say,” toured the United States and South Africa for two years in the late 1990s with Lizan Mitchell as the centenarian Delany sisters.