Composer, Performer, Writer, Lyricist
( b. Dec 15, 1927 New York, New York, USA - d. Jun 05, 2013 Westport, Connecticut, USA ) Male
David Rogers wrote plays based on Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World" and the 1973 caper film "The Sting"; musical adaptations of "The Hobbit" (music by Allan Jay Friedman) and A Midsummer Night's Dream (The Dream on Royal Street, music by Alan Menken); and original work like Not for Keeps and Even the Shadows Dance. Most of Mr. Rogers's stage writing was published or commissioned by Dramatic Publishing, with which he had worked since the late 1950s.
Charlie and Algernon, for which Mr. Rogers wrote the book and lyrics (Charles Strouse wrote the music), opened at the Helen Hayes Theater on Broadway in 1980 and was nominated for a Tony for best original score. It was Mr. Rogers's best-known effort -- but it was far from his only unlikely adaptation for the stage.
The Broadway production of Charlie and Algernon starred P. J. Benjamin as Charlie, Sandy Faison as his teacher and love interest and an uncredited mouse as Algernon. (The mouse and Mr. Benjamin shared a vaudeville-style dance number.) Mr. Rogers had written "Flowers for Algernon" as a play, which was performed in high school and college theaters, years before he and Mr. Strouse worked on the musical.
He served in the Army Signal Corps during the Korean War before studying drama alongside Jack Lemmon and Lee Marvin at the American Theater Wing. The Broadway lyricist Nancy Hamilton became his mentor and helped get his material in New Faces revues. He also wrote songs and sketches for the revived Ziegfeld Follies.
Mr. Rogers acted as well. He appeared on Broadway in As You Like It at 17 and was later seen in several iterations of "Law & Order" and in the 1987 revival of the 1926 drama Broadway. In addition, he wrote five novels.
Source: The New York Times obituary