Richard Adler Biography


Richard Adler Biography

Date of Birth: August 03, 1921
Date of Death: June 21, 2012 (90)
Birth Place: New York, NY, USA
Gender: Male

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.

Richard Adler Awards and Nominations

(winners are in red)

Tony Awards - 1962 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Richard Adler, Kwamina
Tony Awards - 1956 - Best Musical
Richard Adler, Damn Yankees
Tony Awards - 1955 - Best Musical
Richard Adler , The Pajama Game