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Comic Strip Musicals

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre — Music Theatre.

Before the advent of cartoons on film and television, newspaper comic strips and pulp comics were even more popular than they are today so it is not surprising to find ...

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Edith Adams

Overview page. Subjects: Music Theatre.

(1927– ).

Stage, film, and television performer. A blonde singer–actress who spent much of her career in nightclubs, she made some memorable appearances in Broadway and Hollywood...

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Gene de Paul

Overview page. Subjects: Music.

(1919–1988).

Stage and film composer. A lesser-known but very successful songwriter in Hollywood, his scores with lyricists Johnny Mercer and Don Raye are filled with musical...

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Johnny Mercer

Overview page. Subjects: Music.

B. John Herndon Mercer, 18 November 1909, Savannah, Georgia, USA, d. 25 June 1976, Los Angeles, California, USA. A distinguished lyricist, composer and singer, Mercer was an important link...

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Julie Newmar

Overview page. Subjects: Music Theatre.

(1933– ).

Film, stage, and television performer. A leggy, voluptuous actress–singer best remembered for her sexy Stupefyin' Jones in the Broadway and Hollywood musicals Li'l Abner,...

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Lehman Engel

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre — Music Theatre.

(1910–1982).

Stage conductor and composer. A renowned Broadway musical director and conductor, he was also one of the first to write books about the structure and workings of the...

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Marc Breaux

Overview page. Subjects: Music Theatre.

Film, television, and stage choreographers. Dancers-turned-choreographers, the married couple is most remembered for the spirited dances they devised for some 1960s film musicals. DeeDee...

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Melvin Frank

Overview page. Subjects: Music Theatre.

(1913–1988).

Film director, scriptwriter, and producer. Usually working with his collaborator Norman Panama, he wrote several memorable screenplays and often directed and produced...

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Michael Kidd

Overview page. Subjects: Performing Arts — Music.

(b Brooklyn, NY, 12 Aug. 1919; d Los Angeles, 23 Dec. 2007)

US dancer, choreographer, and director. He studied at the School of American Ballet with Vilzak and Schollar and made...

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Peter Palmer

Overview page. Subjects: Music Theatre.

(1931– ).

Stage and film performer. A tall, muscular leading man with chiseled good looks, he gave some significant performances in musicals before going into television. Palmer...

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Philip J. Lang

Overview page. Subjects: Music Theatre.

(1911–1986).

Stage and television orchestrator. One of the busiest and most respected musical arrangers on Broadway, he also orchestrated for television, films, ballet companies,...

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Stubby Kaye

Overview page. Subjects: Music.

(1918–1997).

Stage, film, and television performer. The short, rotund character actor–singer was a favorite on Broadway for lighting up the stage in supporting roles. A native New...

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William Eckart

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre.

(1920–2000) and Jean [née Levy] (1921–93), designers.

A successful husband and wife team, he was born in New Iberia, Louisiana, and studied architecture at Tulane and stage design...

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