Photo Coverage: Remembering Richard Adler

As BroadwayWorld reported last week, composer-lyricist and Broadway legend, Richard Adler, died Thursday, June 21st at his Southampton, New York home. He was 90. We celebrate the composer with a photo tribute below!

Mr. Adler, son of Clarence and Elsa Adler, was born in New York City in 1921. A graduate of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1943, he served in the U.S. Naval Reserve during World War II.

Mr. Adler co-composed the music and lyrics for Pajama Game and Damn Yankees, both of which won Tony Awards for Best Musical and Best Score. He also earned a Tony Award nomination for his musical, Kwamina. Some of his biggest hit songs are You Gotta Have Heart, Hey, There, Hernando’s Hideaway, Whatever Lola Wants, Steam Heat, Rags to Riches, and Everybody Loves a Lover.

During the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, Richard Adler staged and produced numerous presidential entertainments, including the unforgettable birthday celebration for President Kennedy featuring Marilyn Monroe singing Happy Birthday, Mr. President.

Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, June 27th at 4 p.m. at St. Bartholomew’s Church, located at 325 Park Avenue in New York City. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the National Park Trust, 401 East Jefferson Street, Suite 109, Rockville, MD, 20850 www.donate.parktrust.org.

Photo Credit: Walter McBride

Photo Coverage: Remembering Richard Adler

Photo Coverage: Remembering Richard Adler
Richard Adler Attending the Opening Night performance of The Roundabout Theatre Company's Broadway Production of THE PAJAMA GAME at the American Airlines Theatre in New York City. February 23, 2006

Photo Coverage: Remembering Richard Adler
Richard Adler and Family Attending the Opening Night performance of The Roundabout Theatre Company's Broadway Production of THE PAJAMA GAME at the American Airlines Theatre in New York City. February 23, 2006

Photo Coverage: Remembering Richard Adler
A candid photo op with the cast of the Roundabout Theatre Company's Broadway Production of "THE PAJAMA GAME" (starring Harry Connick, Jr., Kelli O'Hara & Michael McKean pictured with Richard Adler) at the Duke Rehearsal Studios on 42nd Street in New York City. December 7, 2005.

Photo Coverage: Remembering Richard Adler
A candid photo op with the cast of the Roundabout Theatre Company's Broadway Production of "THE PAJAMA GAME" (starring Harry Connick, Jr., Kelli O'Hara & Michael McKean pictured with Richard Adler and Director / Choreographer Kathleen Marshall) at the Duke Rehearsal Studios on 42nd Street in New York City. December 7, 2005.

Photo Coverage: Remembering Richard Adler
Harry Connick Jr. and Richard Adler at the Duke Rehearsal Studios on 42nd Street in New York City. December 7, 2005.

Photo Coverage: Remembering Richard Adler
Harry Connick Jr. and Richard Adler attending a candid photo op with the cast of the Roundabout Theatre Company's Broadway Production of "THE PAJAMA GAME" (starring Harry Connick, Jr., pictured with Richard Adler) at the Duke Rehearsal Studios on 42nd Street in New York City. December 7, 2005.

Photo Coverage: Remembering Richard Adler

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.


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