1960 to 1970Charles Strouse
Composer Charles Strouse (born in 1928) wrote the score for several Broadway musicals from the 1960s to the 90s. These include Bye Bye Birdie (a collaboration with lyricist Lee Adams) which opened in 1960. The said musical featured Chita Rivera and Dick Van Dyke with direction and choreography by Gower Champion. His other collaborations with Lee Adams include All American (1962), Golden Boy (1964), Applause (1970) and I and Albert (1972). In 1976, he worked alongside lyricist Martin Charnin and librettist Thomas Meehan on the hit Broadway musical Annie, starring then 12 year old Andrea McArdie.
Composer and lyricist Bob Merrill (1921 - 1998) wrote the score for the 1961 musical Carnival!. It featured actress/singer Anna Maria Alberghetti and actor/singer Jerry Orbach. In Funny Girl, which opened in 1964, Merrill collaborated with composer Jule Styne (1905 - 2004). Funny Girl starred Barbra Streisand and featured memorable songs such as "People" and "Don't Rain on My Parade."
Composer and lyricist Jerry Herman's (born in 1932) notable musicals include Hello Dolly! (1964) with libretto by Michael Stewart. It starred actress/singer Carol Elaine Channing in the title role. The said musical won a Tony Award for Best Score and Best Musical. Over the years other stage actresses played the role of Dolly, including Ginger Rogers, Phyllis Diller and Ethel Merman. His other musicals include Mame (1966, starring Angela Lansbury), Mack and Mabel (1974, with Bernadette Peters), The Grand Tour (1979) and La Cage Aux Folles (1983).
Composer Jerry Bock (1928 - 2010) collaborated with lyricist Sheldon Harnick on several musicals, most notably 1964's Fiddler on the Roof. The said musical featured old-time tunes like "Sunrise, Sunset" and "If I Were a Rich Man."
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Composer/producer Andrew Lloyd Webber's (born in 1948) collaborations with lyricist Tim Rice resulted in several successful musicals. These include Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (1968), Jesus Christ Superstar (1971) and Evita (1978) with Patti Lupone playing the title role. His other notable works include Cats (1981), featuring actress/singer Betty Lynn Buckley in the role of Grizabella; and Phantom of the Opera (1986), featuring Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman.
Composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim (born in 1930) worked with producer/director Hal Prince on several Broadway musicals, namely Follies (1973) with libretto by James Goldman, A Little Night Music (1974) featuring the song "Send In The Clowns" and Pacific Overtures (1976) with libretto by John Weidman.
Composer Marvin Hamlisch (born in 1944) won a Tony Award for Best Score and a Pulitzer Price for Drama for his work on the musical A Chorus Line (1975). The said musical was a collaboration with lyricist Ed Kleban and director Michael Bennet. His other notable musicals include They're Playing Our Song (1979), The Goodbye Girl (1993) and Sweet Smell of Success (2001).
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