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The Music Man's author Meredith Willson had been a flutist with John Phillip Sousa in the 1920s.

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Biography of Richard Adler

Composer, Lyricist Born: New York, NY.Education: The University of North Carolina, BA.Military Service:USNR, LTjg, World War IIWrote: STOP THE MUSIC, TV - 1952Stage Scores:JOHN MURRAY ANDERSON'S ALMANACTHE PAJAMA GAMEDAMN YANKEES-Revival Broadway, March 1994 KWAMINA A MOTHER'S KISSES OFF-KEY TV Musicals:LITTLE WOMEN GIFT OF THE MAGI OLYMPUS 7-000Symphonic Works: MEMORY OF A CHILDHOOD-Premiered October 1978; The Detroit SymphonyRETROSPECTRUM-Premiered July 1979; Carnegie Hall, The Soviet Chamber Orchestra; Pulitzer Nominee YELLOWSTONE-Premiered May 1980; Metropolitan Brass Quartet YELLOWSTONE OVERTURE-Premiered November 1980; American Philharmonic Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, Pulitzer Nominee WILDERNESS SUITE-Premiered February 1983; The Utah Symphony, Salt Lake City; recorded on RCA Red Seal, Pulitzer Nominee THE LADY REMEMBERS-Premiered October 28, 1985; Kennedy Center, Detroit Symphony, Gunther Herbig, Conducting. Commissioned by The Statue Of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, celebrating the Statue's Centennial; Pulitzer Nominee. Recorded on RCA Red Seal OVERTURE FOR THE U.S. OLYMPIC FESTIVAL-Premiered September 1987 MARCH-March to celebrate Harvard's Neiman Foundation 50th Anniversary; Harvard Premiere 1989 COMMEMORATIVE SUITE-To Celebrate the Bicentennial of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the oldest State University in the U.S. World Premiere, October 11, 1993. Recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra. Ballets: NOTES ON MY LIFE, commissioned and performed by Ft.Worth/Arlington (TX) Ballet. THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA, commissioned and performed by Miami City Ballet. 8 BY ADLER-Commissioned and performed by Chicago City Ballet, November 1984, Chicago. TV Performance awarded an Emmy. Performed frequently by the Fort Worth Ballet. CHICAGO-Commissioned by the City of Chicago to celebrate its' sesquicentennial, Chicago, September 1987 Most Popular Songs: Rags To Riches Hey, There Hernando's Hdeaway Steam Heat Whatever Lola Wants You Gotta Have Heart Everybody Loves A Lover Another Time, Another Place Musical Commercials: Newport Filter Cigarettes (Best Commercial of the Year, National Advertising Association) Kent; Imperial size Cigarettes; Hertz; American Gas Association; CITGO; Bon Ami; Willys Overland; Lucky Lager Beer; Colgate; Eastman Kodak; Levolor Stage Entertainments For: White House Correspondents Dinner, Washington; President Kennedy and Prime Minister MacMillan, guest. President John F. Kennedy's Birthday Salute, Madison Square Garden, New York, 1962. Inaugural Anniversary Salute to President John Kennedy;National Guard Armory, Washington, 1963. Inaugural Gala for President Lyndon B. Johnson, 1965. White House Consultant for the Arts to Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, 1962-1967. Awards: 2 Tony Awards 1 Tony Nomination 4 Pulitzer Nominations 2 Donaldson Awards 2 Variety Critics Awards London Evening Standard Award Colgate Distinguished Service Award Songwriter's Hall of Fame National Park Service Honorary Ranger Award Emmy Southampton Cultural Center Achievement Award for Theater, 1993 University of North Carolina Lifetime Achievement Award ASCAP Richard Rodgers Award Honorary Doctorate in Music and Theater, Wagner College. Boards: ANTA Board of Trustees National Hypertension Association Board of Directors Songwriters Guild of America, Executive Committee, 1st Vice President National Parks and Conservation Association Counsel of Advisors Southampton College Council of Overseers Kennedy Center (ex officio) Current Projects: THE PAJAMA GAME to be revived Jan 2006 with three new songs.

Shows by Richard Adler

Damn Yankees
The Pajama Game