The part of Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, was originally written for Phil Silvers. Both he and Milton Berle turned down the role, leaving Zero Mostel, to create one of the most legendary characters in musical comedy.
Born: New York, NY.
Education: The University of North Carolina, BA.
Military Service:USNR, LTjg, World War II
Wrote: STOP THE MUSIC, TV - 1952
JOHN MURRAY ANDERSON'S ALMANAC
THE PAJAMA GAME
DAMN YANKEES-Revival Broadway, March 1994
A MOTHER'S KISSES
GIFT OF THE MAGI
MEMORY OF A CHILDHOOD-Premiered October 1978; The Detroit Symphony
RETROSPECTRUM-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.
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
Whatever Lola Wants
You Gotta Have Heart
Everybody Loves A Lover
Another Time, Another Place
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.
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
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.
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)
THE PAJAMA GAME to be revived Jan 2006 with three new songs.
The Pajama Game