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Burt Shevelove (September 19, 1915 – April 8, 1982) was an American musical theater playwright, lyricist, librettist, and director. Born in Newark, New Jersey, he graduated from Brown University
Brown University
and Yale (Master's degree). At Brown in 1935, he acted in the first ever Brownbrokers
Brownbrokers
musical titled Something Bruin. After serving as a volunteer ambulance driver in World War II, he began working as a writer, director and producer for radio and television. At the time of his death he had lived in London for many years.[1] His Broadway career started in 1948 with writing material, co-producing and directing for the revue Small Wonder. [2] Among his successes were A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
and No, No, Nanette, for which he won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical.

Contents

1 Work

1.1 Libretti 1.2 Directing 1.3 Lyrics

2 References 3 External links

Work[edit] Libretti[edit]

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
1962, revived 1972, 1996 No, No, Nanette
No, No, Nanette
revisions made in 1971, from an original libretto by Otto Harbach and Frank Mandel The Frogs adapted from Aristophanes' play in 1974; in 2004 Nathan Lane further adapted Shevelove's libretto for the work's Broadway premiere Happy New Year 1980 Jerome Robbins' Broadway
Jerome Robbins' Broadway
1989; used some of Shevelove's Forum text

Directing[edit]

Small Wonder (1948) Hallelujah, Baby!
Hallelujah, Baby!
(1967) Rockefeller and the Red Indians (1968) No, No, Nanette
No, No, Nanette
(1971) A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
(1972) Sondheim: A Musical Tribute (1973) June Moon
June Moon
(1974 PBS
PBS
production) Rodgers & Hart (1975) So Long, 174th Street (1976) Happy New Year (1980)

Lyrics[edit]

Small Wonder 1948

References[edit]

^ Carol Lawson (9 April 1982). " Burt Shevelove Writer, 66, and Director, Dies". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-06-14.  ^ Toby Simkin. "Author Biography: Burt Shevelove". Music Theatre International. Archived from the original on September 28, 2007. Retrieved 2008-06-14. 

External links[edit]

Burt Shevelove at the Internet Broadway Database
Internet Broadway Database
Burt Shevelove on IMDb Sondheim Guide listing Sondheim interview

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Tony Award for Best Author

Arthur Miller
Arthur Miller
(1947) Thomas Heggen and Joshua Logan (1948) Arthur Miller
Arthur Miller
/ Bella and Samuel Spewack
Bella and Samuel Spewack
(1949) Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock, and Willie Gilbert (1962) Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart
Larry Gelbart
(1963) Michael Stewart (1964) Neil Simon
Neil Simon
/ Joseph Stein (1965)

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Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical

George Furth (1970) Burt Shevelove (1971) John Guare
John Guare
and Mel Shapiro (1972) Hugh Wheeler (1973) Hugh Wheeler (1974) James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante (1976) Thomas Meehan (1977) Hugh Wheeler (1979) James Lapine
James Lapine
(1984) Jerry Colker (1985) Rupert Holmes (1986) L. Arthur Rose, Douglas Furber, Stephen Fry
Stephen Fry
and Mike Ockrent
Mike Ockrent
(1987) James Lapine
James Lapine
(1988) Larry Gelbart
Larry Gelbart
(1990) Marsha Norman
Marsha Norman
(1991) George C. Wolfe
George C. Wolfe
(1992) James Lapine
James Lapine
(1994) Jonathan Larson (1996) Terrence McNally
Terrence McNally
(1998) Alfred Uhry
Alfred Uhry
(1999) Mel Brooks
Mel Brooks
and Thomas Meehan (2001) John Lahr and Elaine Stritch
Elaine Stritch
(2002) Mark O'Donnell
Mark O'Donnell
and Thomas Meehan (2003) Winnie Holzman (2004) Rachel Sheinkin (2005) Bob Martin and Don McKellar
Don McKellar
(2006) Rupert Holmes and Peter Stone (2007) Douglas Carter Beane (2008) Lee Hall (2009) Alex Timbers (2010) Adam Mathias (2011) Joe DiPietro (2012) Dennis Kelly (2013) Robert L. Freedman (2014) Lin-Manuel Miranda
Lin-Manuel Miranda
(2015) John Caird (2016) Irene Sankoff and David Hein (2017)

Authority control

WorldCat Identities VIAF: 55555807 LCCN: n84149885 ISNI: 0000 0001 1647 150X GND: 173729517 BIBSYS: 3007070 MusicBrainz: 8027c928-d501-4cf8-93e4-e5836e53d96a BNE: XX1400215 SN

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