John Murray Anderson's Almanac

Opened: December 10, 1953

John Murray Anderson's Almanac - 1953 - Broadway Tickets, News, Info & More

John Murray Anderson's Almanac is a musical revue, featuring the music of the songwriting team of Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, as well as other composers. It was conceived by John Murray Anderson.

The revue starred Harry Belafonte, Hermione Gingold, Polly Bergen, Orson Bean, Tina Louise, Monique van Vooren, and Billy DeWolfe. The songwriting team of Richard Adler and Jerry Ross provided the majority of the songs for the show.

The sketches were written by Jean Kerr, Sumner Lock-Elliot, Arthur Macrae, Herbert Farjeon, Lauri Wylie and Billy K. Wells.

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Sheldon Harnick & Marshall W. Mason to Receive 2016 Special TONY AWARDS for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre by Caryn Robbins - Apr 19, 2016

The Tony Awards Administration Committee announced today, April 19th that two-time Tony Award-winning lyricist Sheldon Harnick and multiple Tony-nominated director Marshall W. Mason will be this year's recipients of the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre.

FLASH SPECIAL: A Richard Adler Retrospective - THE PAJAMA GAME, DAMN YANKEES & More by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 23, 2012

On Thursday, three-time Tony Award-winning Broadway composer Richard Adler passed away at the ripe old age of 90. Responsible for two of the biggest Broadway smash hits of the 1950s, THE PAJAMA GAME and GAMN YANKEES, Adler never quite managed to equal his career-high double-hitter of that era, yet his earlier work with Tony Bennett ('Rags To Riches'), Doris Day ('Everybody Loves A Lover') and Marilyn Monroe (the iconic 'Happy Birthday, Mr. President') surely shall solidify his place in the firmament of entertainment history along with his two classic musicals from the Golden Age. Winning both Best Score and Best Musical for both THE PAJAMA GAME and DAMN YANKEES, Adler's partnership with lyricist Jerry Ross - which began on Broadway in 1953 with JOHN MURRAY ANDERSON'S ALMANAC - was tragically cut short just months after the DAMN YANKEES premiere when Ross was diagnosed with lung disease and passed away soon thereafter. Yet, thanks to the beloved film versions of THE PAJAMA GAME and DAMN YANKEES and continued interest in the entities as expressed in the revivals and reappraisals of both onstage from Broadway to Biloxi to Bombay year after year, the snappy, snazzy tunes of Adler and Ross live on eight times a week all around the world - even now, more than fifty years after they premiered. Unfortunately, Adler's subsequent shows with other collaborators post-1955 failed to capture the early magic of his previous projects with Ross and his earlier musical and theatrical endeavors in the pop arena, with the racially charged KWAMINA flopping on Broadway in 1961 (though he took home a Best Composer Tony Award for his efforts anyway) and the awkwardly titled MUSIC IS failing to recreate the magic of its source material, Shakespeare's TWELFTH NIGHT, in 1976. A MOTER'S KISSES, starring Bea Arthur and a young Bernadette Peters, died on the road, as well. In the intervening years, Adler attempted musical adaptations taken from a number of intriguing sources - OF HUMAN BONDAGE and others among them - though only his ballet scores seemed to reach an audience; particularly his last, commissioned for a new production of Lorca's THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA in 1998. Of course, THE PAJAMA GAME has had two Broadway revivals - most recently the rapturously received Kathleen Marshall-directed production starring Harry Connick, Jr. and Kelli O'Hara; and DAMN YANKEES famously returned to the Great White Way with much ado in 1994 starring Victor Garber. Now seems particularly ripe for remounting YANKEES, as we approach twenty years in its absence - especially given the musical's seriously smashing showing at Encores! in 2007. Who knows, perhaps some risky producer will even take a chance on a new production of KWAMINA, MUSIC IS, A MOTHER'S KISSES or one of the bottom drawer shows someday soon to see if they possess any of the limitless potential shown by Adler's earlier work. Or maybe a stage treatment of his TV musical GIFT OF THE MAGI (originally composed for then-wife Sally Ann Howes)? Or, better yet, how about a revue? What a stupendous songstack Adler created over the course of his career - 'Whatever Lola Wants' to 'Hey There' to 'Hernando's Hideaway' to 'You Gotta Have Heart' to 'Steam Heat' to the aforementioned Bennett, Day and Monroe standards and so many more chestnuts.

TheatreWorks USA Co-Founder Jay Harnick Dies at 78 by BWW News Desk - Feb 28, 2007

On February 27th, Jay Harnick, the co-founder and former artistic director of TheatreWorks USA, died at the age of 78 after suffering a long illness.

Dukakis, Gillette, Irving, Rae and More to Star in Encores! 70, Girls, 70 by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2006

Carleton Carpenter, Carole Cook, Bob Dishy, Olympia Dukakis, Anita Gillette, George S. Irving and Charlotte Rae are among those who will play the lively senior citizens of 70, Girls, 70, presented at Encores! from March 30th through April 2nd

Roundabout Announces Harry Connick, Jr. to Star in The Pajama Game by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2005

Performances of THE PAJAMA GAME will begin Friday, January 27th on Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre with the official opening set for Thursday, March 2nd. The limited engagement is scheduled to run 20 weeks through June 18th, 2006.

Sheldon Harnick to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award March 14 by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2005

Guild Hall of East Hampton, the premier cultural institution of its kind in the area, has announced the honorees for its 20th Annual Lifetime Achievement Awards Gala to be held on Monday, March 14, 2005 at the Rainbow Room, New York City. The distinguished honorees for the year 2004, selected by the 200 member Guild Hall Academy of the Arts, are composer/lyricist Sheldon Harnick for Performing Arts, novelist Louis Begley for Literary Arts, photographer/artist Cindy Sherman for Visual Arts and real estate developer and philanthropist Marshall Rose for Lifelong Patron of the Arts.

John Murray Anderson's Almanac FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Queen for a Day
My Cousin Who?
You're So Much a Part of Me
I Dare to Dream
The Cello
Don Brown's Body
Mark Twain
The Nightingale and the Rose
European Express
My Love Is a Wanderer
Tin Pan Alley
Merry Little Minuet
Hope You Come Back [i]
Hope You Come Back [ii]
If Every Month Were June
Which Witch?
La Loge
Acorn in the Meadow
Harry Mimmo
When Am I Going to Meet Your Mother?
Dinner for One
Chinese Monologue
Hold 'Em Joe
La Pistachio
The Earth and the Sky
Anema e Core
The Raft Song
The Riviera
When the Sea Is All Around Us
Sweet Belinda
Nightingale, Bring Me a Rose
John Murray Anderson's Almanac has had 2 productions including Broadway which opened in 1953 and Broadway which opened in 1953.
John Murray Anderson's Almanac has been nominated for the Performance (Theatre World Awards) for Orson Bean and the Performance (Theatre World Awards) for Harry Belafonte.
John Murray Anderson's Almanac has won the Performance (Theatre World Awards) for Orson Bean and Performance (Theatre World Awards) for Harry Belafonte.



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