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Robert Wright

Robert Wright

Robert Wright born September 25, 1914 - (Daytona Beach) - died Wednesday August 2, 2005 (Miami) and George Chet Forrest born July 31, 1915 (Brooklyn) - died Oct. 10, 1999 (Miami) wrote together in the longest continual partnership in the history of musical theatre. They got their start in Hollywood and were equally comfortable writing for the screen or stage. Their most famous musical is KISMET, in which they adapted the musical themes of Alexander Borodin creating a theatrical score filled with songs that became timeless hits including Baubles, Bangles and Beads, Stranger In Paradise, and And This Is My Beloved. Several of their works used classical compositions adapted into song form. Their works for the stage include: SONG OF NORWAY (1944) (music adapted from Edvard Grieg), GYPSY LADY (1946) (music adapted from Victor Herbert), MAGDALENA (1948) (original music by Heitor Villa-Lobos), KISMET (1953) (music adapted from Alexander Borodin), KEAN (1961), ANYA (1965) (music adapted from Sergei Rachmaninoff), THE GREAT WALTZ (1970) (music adapted from Johann Strauss), TIMBUKTU! (1978) (reworking of Kismet), GRAND HOTEL The Musical (1989).