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Richard Adler

Composer, Producer, Lyricist
( b. Aug 03, 1921 New York, New York, USA - d. Jun 21, 2012 Southampton, New York, USA ) Male
Relations: Father of Andrew Adler
Father of Katherine Adler
Father of Christopher Adler
Husband of Sally Ann Howes (1958 - 1966) divorced
Husband of Susan Ivory (May 1991 - present)
Husband of Marion Hart (1951 - ?) divorced
Husband of Mary St. George (? - ?) divorced
Husband of Ritchey Banker (c. 1969 - ?) divorced

Richard Adler was a composer and lyricist whose towering early successes on Broadway in the 1950s include the smash hits The Pajama Game and Damn Yankees. With Jerry Ross, Mr. Adler wrote music and lyrics for The Pajama Game (1954), a comedy about labor agitation in a pajama factory, and Damn Yankees (1955), a Faustian romp about a man who sells his soul to the Devil so that he may lead his beloved Washington Senators to victory on the baseball diamond.

Each show ran for more than 1,000 performances, each won the Tony Award for best musical. By mid-1955, Adler and Ross songs had sold millions of recordings and made the two men among the most sought-after creators of American musical theater. But their collaboration — just five years in all — ended a few months later with Mr. Ross’s death.

Richard Adler was born in Manhattan in August 1921; his father, Clarence, was a pianist and teacher of some distinction. As a child, Richard disdained the family business: whenever a young male pupil came to the Adler home for a lesson, he would answer the door, baseball bat in hand, and pronounce the caller a sissy.

Mr. Adler earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina and during World War II served with the Navy in the Pacific. In 1950 he met Mr. Ross outside the Brill Building, the hive for songwriters on Broadway at 49th Street.

As a producer, he was responsible for the lavish Madison Square Garden fund-raiser of 1962 that featured Marilyn Monroe singing “Happy birthday, Mr. President” to John F. Kennedy.

Alone, he wrote music and lyrics for Kwamina, a musical about Africa starring Brock Peters, Robert Guillaume and Sally Ann Howes, which ran for 32 performances in 1961. Mr. Adler’s work on the show was nominated for a Tony Award.
He also turned to writing music and lyrics for TV jingles (“Let Hertz Put You in the Driver’s Seat”) and to orchestral works like “The Lady Remembers,” inspired by the Statue of Liberty.

Source: The New York Times



Productions Date of Productions
The Pajama Game
[Musical, Comedy, Revival]
  • Music by Richard Adler
  • Lyrics by Richard Adler
Feb 23, 2006 - Jun 17, 2006
Fosse
[Musical, Revue, Dance, Original]
  • Featuring songs by Richard Adler
  • Featuring songs with lyrics by Richard Adler
Jan 14, 1999 - Aug 25, 2001
Damn Yankees
[Musical, Comedy, Revival]
  • Music by Richard Adler
  • Lyrics by Richard Adler
Mar 03, 1994 - Aug 06, 1995
Music Is
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Music by Richard Adler
  • Produced by Richard Adler
Dec 20, 1976 - Dec 26, 1976
Rex
[Musical, Original]
  • Produced by Richard Adler
Apr 25, 1976 - Jun 05, 1976
The Pajama Game
[Musical, Comedy, Revival]
  • Produced by Richard Adler
  • Music by Richard Adler
  • Lyrics by Richard Adler
Dec 09, 1973 - Feb 03, 1974
Kwamina
[Musical, Original]
  • Music by Richard Adler
  • Lyrics by Richard Adler
Oct 23, 1961 - Nov 18, 1961
The Sin of Pat Muldoon
[Play, Original]
  • Produced by Richard Adler
Mar 13, 1957 - Mar 16, 1957
Damn Yankees
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Music by Richard Adler
  • Lyrics by Richard Adler
May 05, 1955 - Oct 12, 1957
The Pajama Game
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Music by Richard Adler
  • Lyrics by Richard Adler
May 13, 1954 - Nov 24, 1956
John Murray Anderson's Almanac
[Musical, Revue, Original]
  • Music by Richard Adler
  • Lyrics by Richard Adler
Dec 10, 1953 - Jun 26, 1954
1962 Tony Award® Best Composer
 Kwamina [nominee]
Lyrics by Richard Adler; Music by Richard Adler
1956 Tony Award® Best Musical
winnerDamn Yankees [winner]
Music by Richard Adler
1955 Tony Award® Best Musical
winnerThe Pajama Game [winner]
Lyrics by Richard Adler; Music by Richard Adler
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