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Herbert Greene

 
Birth Place:
United States
Bio:
Herbert Greene was a Broadway conductor, vocal arranger, vocal coach and producer, prominent in the Broadway musical theater in New York City until his death in 1985. In 1958, he was a recipient of the Tony Award for The Music Man as Musical Director and Conductor, and won a second Tony Award as ... (read complete bio)
 

Birth Place: United States

Bio:
Herbert Greene was a Broadway conductor, vocal arranger, vocal coach and producer, prominent in the Broadway musical theater in New York City until his death in 1985. In 1958, he was a recipient of the Tony Award for The Music Man as Musical Director and Conductor, and won a second Tony Award as ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1944
Waiter/Conductor
Workman
3rd Workman
Conductor
Musician
Singing Ensemble
Waiter

Productions

 
[Broadway, 1964]
Vocal Music Arranger
Musical Director
 
[Broadway, 1962]
Vocal Music Arranger
Musical Director
Producer
 
[US Tour, 1962]
Vocal Music Arranger
 
[Broadway, 1961]
Musical Director
Vocal Music Arranger
 
[West End, 1961]
Vocal Music Arranger
Producer
 
[Broadway, 1960]
Musical Director
Vocal Music Arranger
 
[Broadway, 1959]
Vocal Music Arranger
Vocal Music Arranger
 
[US Tour, 1959]
Vocal Music Arranger
Musical Director
 
[Broadway, 1957]
Vocal Music Arranger
Musical Director
Producer
 
[West End, 1957]
Musical Director
Vocal Music Arranger
 
[Broadway, 1956]
Musical Director
Vocal Music Arranger
 
[Broadway, 1956]
Musical Director
 
[US Tour, 1956]
Vocal Music Arranger
 
[Broadway, 1955]
Vocal Music Arranger
Musical Director
 
[Broadway, 1955]
Musical Director
Vocal Music Arranger
Vocal Music Arranger
Musical Director
 
[Broadway, 1951]
Vocal Music Arranger
Vocal Music Arranger
Musical Director
Musical Director
 
[Broadway, 1951]
Vocal Music Arranger
 
[Broadway, 1950]
Vocal Music Arranger
Musical Director
 
[Broadway, 1950]
Vocal Music Arranger
 
[Broadway, 1948]
Vocal Music Arranger

 

Stage

Performances
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1944
Waiter/Conductor

Workman

3rd Workman

Conductor

Musician

Singing Ensemble

Waiter

Productions

[Broadway, 1964]
Vocal Music Arranger

Musical Director

[Broadway, 1962]
Vocal Music Arranger

Musical Director

Producer

[US Tour, 1962]
Vocal Music Arranger

[Broadway, 1961]
Musical Director

Vocal Music Arranger

[West End, 1961]
Vocal Music Arranger

Producer

[Broadway, 1960]
Musical Director

Vocal Music Arranger

[Broadway, 1959]
Vocal Music Arranger

Vocal Music Arranger

[US Tour, 1959]
Vocal Music Arranger

Musical Director

[Broadway, 1957]
Vocal Music Arranger

Musical Director

Producer

[West End, 1957]
Musical Director

Vocal Music Arranger

[Broadway, 1956]
Musical Director

Vocal Music Arranger

[Broadway, 1956]
Musical Director

[US Tour, 1956]
Vocal Music Arranger

[Broadway, 1955]
Vocal Music Arranger

Musical Director

[Broadway, 1955]
Musical Director

Vocal Music Arranger

Vocal Music Arranger

Musical Director

[Broadway, 1951]
Vocal Music Arranger

Vocal Music Arranger

Musical Director

Musical Director

[Broadway, 1951]
Vocal Music Arranger

[Broadway, 1950]
Vocal Music Arranger

Musical Director

[Broadway, 1950]
Vocal Music Arranger

[Broadway, 1948]
Vocal Music Arranger

Herbert Greene Biography


Herbert Greene was a Broadway conductor, vocal arranger, vocal coach and producer, prominent in the Broadway musical theater in New York City until his death in 1985. In 1958, he was a recipient of the Tony Award for The Music Man as Musical Director and Conductor, and won a second Tony Award as the show's co-producer with Kermit Bloomgarten.

With a classical background in opera and composition, Greene wrote innovative vocal and choral arrangements for such hit musicals as Guys and Dolls, The Most Happy Fella, Bells Are Ringing, and The Unsinkable Molly Brown, to name a few.

In addition to his many contributions to the Broadway stage as a sought-after conductor, arranger, producer and collaborator with Cole Porter, Frank Loesser, Meredith Willson and Stephen Sondheim, among many others. Greene was renowned among Hollywood and Broadway stars of the era as a "voice doctor" who could take a film or stage actor and in a short time make a Broadway singer of them. Many Hollywood stars, seeking a stint on Broadway, came to Herb Greene to gain vocal ability and confidence in what was to them an unfamiliar and prestigious new venue. Among the familiar names who benefited from his talents as a vocal coach were Rosalind Russell, Angela Lansbury, Barbara Cook, Robert Preston, Don Ameche, Judy Holliday, Lee Remick, Henry Fonda and Rock Hudson, to name only a few.

Herbert Greene was married for 13 years to his childhood sweetheart, pianist, Lucy Greene, who premiered contemporary works, performed in chamber ensembles and was a well-known pedagogue. They had two children, Deborah and Joshua. At the height of his success, Greene was divorced and briefly remarried Norma Geist, and during their marriage he relocated with her to Beverly Hills. Again single in 1968, Greene married Carolyn Jones, a film star best known for the role of Morticia in the TV series, The Addams Family. During their 9-year marriage, the couple moved to Palm Springs where they collaborated to write two novels. A few years after the breakup of his third marriage, Greene returned to New York, where he resumed his career as a vocal coach and became the conductor of Gower Champion's Broadway extravaganza, 42nd Street. He remained single until his death of a heart attack in 1985.

Herbert Greene Awards and Nominations

 
Tony Awards - 1962 - Best Conductor and Musical Director
Herbert Green, The Gay Life
 
Tony Awards - 1958 - Best Conductor and Musical Director Gold Star
Herbert Greene, The Music Man
 
Tony Awards - 1957 - Best Conductor and Musical Director
Herbert Greene , The Most Happy Fella

Herbert Greene News

BWW Review: THE MUSIC MAN at Kennedy Center Photo BWW Review: THE MUSIC MAN at Kennedy Center
by Elliot Lanes - Feb 8, 2019

There are certain performances from Broadway history that can never be replicated, one of which is Robert Preston's star turn as the flimflamming boys band sales man Harold Hill in the 1958 Tony Award winning musical The Music Man. It was a bit of a shock when it won best musical that year because it beat out the revolutionary West Side Story. Ah well, commercialism nearly always wins.

DEATHBED, SHORT PLAY LAB SERIES and THE GREENE TOUCH Open This Week in NYC, 4/23-28
by Diana Heisroth - Apr 21, 2014

Three new productions will open this week at three Off-Off-Broadway locations in New York City: Ripple Effects Artists' Deathbed, John Chatterton's Short Play Lab Series, and New York Conservatory's The Greene Touch. Check out all the details below!

New York Conservatory Pays Tribute to Broadway Journeyman, Herbert Greene, 4/28
by Courtnie Mele - Apr 13, 2014

Monday night, April 28, New York Conservatory presents a rare treat. We're used to concerts and benefits on the household names of musical theatre - especially the Golden Age - but here's one dedicated to one of the Great White Way's unsung heroes - Herbert Greene. A shrewd producer, natural conductor and orchestrator, and gifted composer, Greene was behind some of Broadway's classic productions. He worked side-by-side with Meredith Willson on the legendary The Music Man and with Frank Loesser onMost Happy Fella; built the enthralling orchestrations behind Sondheim's Anyone Can Whistle, a musical ahead of its time, even influencing the addition of a song which was a veiled 'Love Note" to Lee Remick; and even trained Broadway luminaries likeamong them were Rex Harrison, Rosalind Russell, Angela Lansbury, Barbara Cook, Robert Preston, Don Ameche, and Judy Holliday.

New York Conservatory Pays Tribute to Broadway Journeyman Herbert Greene, 4/28
by Courtnie Mele - Apr 5, 2014

The Broadway universe has a multitude of stars deserving of praise, New York Conservatory picks a bright and prolific one - singer, actor, conductor, arranger, producer, and even voice doctor - Herbert Greene. A true unsung hero of the American Musical Theatre.

Come and meet those dancing feet!
by Tyler Peterson - Jan 1, 2001


Herbert Greene Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Herbert Greene been in?
Herbert Greene has appeared on Broadway in 1 shows.

How many West End shows has Herbert Greene been in?
Herbert Greene has not appeared in the West End

What awards has Herbert Greene been nominated for?
Best Conductor and Musical Director (Tony Awards) for The Gay Life Best Conductor and Musical Director (Tony Awards) for The Music Man and Best Conductor and Musical Director (Tony Awards) for The Most Happy Fella .

What awards has Herbert Greene won?
Best Conductor and Musical Director (Tony Awards) for The Music Man.