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Anyone Can Whistle marked the Broadway Musical debut of Angela Lansbury in the role of the corrupt Mayoress Cora Hoover Hooper. She has gone on to win four “Best Actress In A Musical” Tony® Awards.

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Biography of David Shire

DAVID SHIRE wrote the music for Baby (Tony nominations for Best Score and Musical) and Big (nominated for Best Score). Off-Broadway credits include Starting Here, Starting Now (Grammy nomination), Closer Than Ever (Outer Critics Award for Best Musical and Score), Urban Blight (MTC), The Sap of Life, and incidental scores for As You Like It (NYSF), The Unknown Soldier and His Wife, The Loman Family Picnic, Shmulnik’s Waltz and Visiting Mr. Green. He and his long-time collaborator Richard Maltby are at work on Take Flight, a new musical which will premiere at the Charlotte Rep in the spring of 2004.

His many film scores include Norma Rae (Academy Award for Best Song), Francis Coppola’s The Conversation, All the President’s Men, The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3, Farewell, My Lovely, ‘Night, Mother, Return to Oz and Saturday Night Fever for which he won two Grammy Awards. His numerous television scores have earned five Emmy nominations and include Sarah Plain and Tall , Rear Window, Raid on Entebbe,The Women of Brewster Place, The Kennedys of Massachusetts, The Heidi Chronicles, Jake’s Women and Broadway Bound.

His songs have been recorded by Barbra Streisand, Maureen McGovern, Melissa Manchester, Jennifer Warnes, Kiri Ti Kanawa and many others, and include the international Billy Preston & Syreeta hit “With You I’m Born Again” and the Oscar-winning “It Goes Like It Goes.”

Mr. Shire is a member of the Dramatists Guild Council, the proud husband of actress Didi Conn and doting father of sons Matthew and Daniel.

Shows by David Shire

Baby
Big, The Musical
Closer Than Ever
Starting Here, Starting Now
Big, The Musical TYA