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Richard Adler

 
Date Of Birth:
August 03, 1921
Date Of Death:
June 21, 2012 (90)
Birth Place:
New York, NY, USA
Bio:
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, ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: August 03, 1921
Date of Death: June 21, 2012 (90)

Birth Place: New York, NY, USA

Bio:
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, ... (read complete bio)

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[Off-Broadway, 2017]
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[Broadway, 1976]
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[Broadway, 1973]
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[Broadway, 1957]
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Richard Adler Biography

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

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

Richard Adler News

Winners Announced For The 2022 BroadwayWorld Long Island Awards Photo Winners Announced For The 2022 BroadwayWorld Long Island Awards
by BWW Awards - Jan 11, 2023

The winners have been announced for the 2022 BroadwayWorld Long Island Awards, honoring the best in regional productions, touring shows, and more which had their first performance between October 1, 2021 through September 30, 2022.

Summer Place Theatre Announces Directors For Its 2023 Season Photo Summer Place Theatre Announces Directors For Its 2023 Season
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 28, 2022

Summer Place Theatre, Naperville's Community Theatre since 1966 has announced its directors for the 2023 Season!

Summer Place Theatre Announces 2023 Season Photo Summer Place Theatre Announces 2023 Season
by Stephi Wild - Oct 24, 2022

Summer Place Theatre, Naperville's community theatre since 1966 has announced its summer 2023 season with two great classic and modern musicals.

Review: Musical Theatre West Hits Another Grand Slam with Fun-Filled DAMN YANKEES Photo Review: Musical Theatre West Hits Another Grand Slam with Fun-Filled DAMN YANKEES
by Michael Quintos - Oct 21, 2022

A truly fun-filled, ecstatically-performed iteration of this classic musical, MTW's Broadway-caliber production (now on stage at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center through October 30) is a definite must-see. The production's trio of terrific leads---Lesli Margherita, Jeff Skowron, and James Olivas---are themselves reason enough to see it.

Photos: 42nd Street Moon Stages THE PAJAMA GAME Photo Photos: 42nd Street Moon Stages THE PAJAMA GAME
by Marissa Tomeo - Jun 4, 2022

San Francisco‚Äôs 42nd Street Moon (Daniel Thomas, Executive Artistic Director and Daren A.C. Carollo, Producing Artistic Director) is pleased to announce the full cast and creative team for the Company‚Äôs long-awaited production of the Tony Award-winning ‚ÄúBest Musical‚Ä̬†THE PAJAMA GAME, with sisters Becky Potter (Director) and Annie Potter (Playwright) teaming up with Armando Fox (Music Director) and Renee DeWeese (Choreographer) to bring audiences a contemporary take on a comedy classic, celebrating the best of Broadway‚Äôs Golden Age, reimagined for a Gateway Theatre stage.

Music Theatre International Celebrates 70 Years Photo Music Theatre International Celebrates 70 Years
by Nicole Rosky - Jun 2, 2022

Theatrical licensor Music Theatre International (MTI)¬†announced the celebration of its 70th anniversary. Officially recognized on May 29th, the date former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg declared ‚ÄúMusic Theatre International Day‚ÄĚ in 2012, MTI is celebrating this milestone throughout the next year by showcasing the incredible talents of theatrical organizations around the world.

Full Cast Announced for 42nd Street Moon's THE PAJAMA GAME Photo Full Cast Announced for 42nd Street Moon's THE PAJAMA GAME
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 6, 2022

San Francisco‚Äôs 42nd Street Moon has announced the full cast and creative team for the Company‚Äôs long-awaited production of the Tony Award-winning ‚ÄúBest Musical‚Ä̬†THE PAJAMA GAME, with sisters Becky Potter (Director) and Annie Potter (Playwright) teaming up with Armando Fox (Music Director) and Renee DeWeese (Choreographer).

DAMN YANKEES, GASLIGHT & TOO TRUE TO BE GOOD Coming to The Shaw Festival Photo DAMN YANKEES, GASLIGHT & TOO TRUE TO BE GOOD Coming to The Shaw Festival
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 20, 2022

The Shaw Festival’s 60th season will continue with performances of the romantic musical comedy Damn Yankees, psychological thriller Gaslight and surreal tour de force Too True to Be Good. All three shows will begin welcoming audiences to preview performances in the coming days and weeks.

INTO THE WOODS, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and More Announced for Arvada Center 2022-2023 S Photo INTO THE WOODS, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and More Announced for Arvada Center 2022-2023 Season
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 3, 2022

The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities today announced the lineup of their 2022-2023 Theatre Season. From destiny-altering quests to friendships fraying when they're thrust into the spotlight, the six titles in the 2022-2023 Theatre Season promise a journey from the fantastical to the familiar and back again.

Casting And Creative Teams Announced for Shaw Festival's 60th Anniversary Season Photo Casting And Creative Teams Announced for Shaw Festival's 60th Anniversary Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 23, 2022

Artistic Director Tim Carroll has announced casting and creative teams for the Shaw Festival’s 60th anniversary season.

Richard Adler Videos

VIDEO: Dick Van Dyke and Wife Arlene Silver Perform 'Everybody Loves a Lover' Videoplay
VIDEO: Dick Van Dyke and Wife Arlene Silver Perform 'Everybody Loves a Lover'

by Marissa Tomeo - Feb 19, 2022

Dick Van Dyke and his wife Arlene Silver released a video singing Doris Day's famous hit single, 'Everybody Loves a Lover'. The 1958 success features lyrics by Richard Adler and is composed by Robert Allen.

VIDEO: On This Day, May 5: DAMN YANKEES Opens On Broadway Videoplay
VIDEO: On This Day, May 5: DAMN YANKEES Opens On Broadway

by Stage Tube - May 5, 2020

On this day in 1955, Broadway hit one out of the park when the musical Damn Yankees celebrated its opening night!

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights of 5th Avenue's THE PAJAMA GAME Starring Billie Wildrick, Josh Davis and More!
by Stage Tube - Feb 17, 2017

5th Avenue Theatre presents a steaming hot new production of the Richard Adler and Jerry Ross musical theater hit, The Pajama Game. With direction by 5th Avenue Theatre Producing Artistic Director Bill Berry, this sultry stunner features Bob Fosse-inspired choreography by Bob Richard and music direction by Joel Fram.

STAGE TUBE: Josh Davis and Billie Wildrick Talk 5th Avenue's THE PAJAMA GAME
by Stage Tube - Feb 14, 2017

Check out this video blog of two of our stars of Disney's The Pajama Game: Josh Davis (Sid Sorokin) and Billie Wildrick (Babe Williams) explaining each other's characters and chatting about what's it's like to be in this steamy, seductive production! The Pajama Game plays at The 5th Avenue Theatre from February 10 to March 5, 2017.

STAGE TUBE: 5th Avenue Theatre Gets Ready for a Steamy PAJAMA GAME
by Stage Tube - Jan 11, 2017

This winter, The 5th Avenue Theatre will have Seattle adjusting its radiators with a steaming hot new production of the Richard Adler and Jerry Ross musical theater hit, The Pajama Game. With direction by 5th Avenue Theatre Producing Artistic Director Bill Berry, this sultry stunner features Bob Fosse-inspired choreography by Bob Richard and music direction by Joel Fram.

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 8/6/16- DAMN YANKEES
by Stage Tube - Aug 6, 2016

Today in 1995, the first Broadway revival of Damn Yankees closed at the Marquis Theatre, where it ran for 533 performances. Damn Yankees is a musical comedy with a book by George Abbott and Douglass Wallop and music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross. The story is a modern retelling of the Faust legend set during the 1950s in Washington, D.C., during a time when the New York Yankees dominated Major League Baseball.

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 5/13/16- THE PAJAMA GAME
by Stage Tube - May 13, 2016

Today in 1954, The Pajama Game opened at the St. James Theatre, where it ran for 1063 performances. The Pajama Game is a musical based on the novel 7¬Ĺ Cents by Richard Bissell. It features a score by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross. The story deals with labor troubles in a pajama factory, where worker demands for a seven-and-a-half cents raise are going unheeded. In the midst of this ordeal, love blossoms between Babe, the grievance committee head, and Sid, the new factory superintendent. The original production won a Tony for Best Musical, and the 2006 Broadway revival won a Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical.

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 5/5/16- DAMN YANKEES
by Stage Tube - May 5, 2016

Today in 1954, Damn Yankees opened at the 46th Street Theatre (now the Richard Rodgers Theatre), where it ran for 1019 performances. Damn Yankees is a musical comedy with a book by George Abbott and Douglass Wallop and music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross. The story is a modern retelling of the Faust legend set during the 1950s in Washington, D.C., during a time when the New York Yankees dominated Major League Baseball.

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 2/23/16- THE PAJAMA GAME
by Stage Tube - Feb 23, 2016

Today in 2006, The Pajama Game opened at the America Airlines Theatre, where it ran for 129 performances. The Pajama Game is a musical based on the novel 7¬Ĺ Cents by Richard Bissell. It features a score by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross. The story deals with labor troubles in a pajama factory, where worker demands for a seven-and-a-half cents raise are going unheeded. In the midst of this ordeal, love blossoms between Babe, the grievance committee head, and Sid, the new factory superintendent. The original Broadway production opened on May 13, 1954, and ran for 1,063 performances.

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 8/6/15- DAMN YANKEES
by Stage Tube - Aug 6, 2015

Today in 1995, the first Broadway revival of Damn Yankees closed at the Marquis Theatre, where it ran for 533 performances. Damn Yankees is a musical comedy with a book by George Abbott and Douglass Wallop and music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross. The story is a modern retelling of the Faust legend set during the 1950s in Washington, D.C., during a time when the New York Yankees dominated Major League Baseball.


Richard Adler Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has Richard Adler written?
Richard Adler has written 7 shows including John Murray Anderson's Almanac (Composer/Lyricist), Damn Yankees (Composer), The Pajama Game (Composer), Kwamina (Composer/Lyricist), A Mother's Kisses (Composer/Lyricist), Music Is (Composer), Fosse (Lyricist).

What awards has Richard Adler been nominated for?
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (Tony Awards) for Kwamina Best Musical (Tony Awards) for Damn Yankees and Best Musical (Tony Awards) for The Pajama Game .

What awards has Richard Adler won?
Best Musical (Tony Awards) for Damn Yankeesand Best Musical (Tony Awards) for The Pajama Game.