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Morris "Moose" Charlap

Morris "Moose" Charlap

Mark "Moose" Charlap (December 19, 1928 - July 8, 1974) was aJewish-AmericanBroadwaycomposer. Born Morris Isaac Charlip in Philadelphia, he was best known for "Peter Pan" (1954), for whichCarolyn Leigh wrote the lyrics. The idea to do the show came from Jerome Robbins, who planned to have a few songs by Charlap and Leigh. However, the show evolved into a full blown musical, with additional songs byJule Styne and Betty Comden andAdolph Green. It starredMary Martin asPeter Pan andCyril Ritchard as Captain Hook. Moose Charlap is also listed as the composer for the movie musical "Hans Brinker" (lyrics by Alvin Cooperman), which starred Eleanor Parker (her singing voice was that of Charlap's wife, Sandy Stewart), Richard Basehart, John Gregson, Robin Askwith, Roberta Torey, Sheila Whitmill, and Cyril Ritchard. It was based on the novel by Mary Mapes Dodge. Charlap was married to singer Sandy Stewart, whose biggest hit was My Coloring Book in 1962. They had one son--Bill Charlap, a well-known jazz pianist. Charlap had a daughter Anne Charlap and son Tom Charlap, a bass player, from a previous marriage.

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