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Frank Loesser

Author: Thomas Laurence Riis
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, [2008] ©2008
Series: Yale Broadway masters.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Perhaps best remembered as the writer and composer of the ever-popular Guys and Dolls and the Pulitzer Prize-winning How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Frank Loesser was one of the great songwriters of the twentieth century. Lyricist of more than seven hundred songs - among them such cherished favorites as "Baby, It's Cold Outside," "Once in Love with Amy," and "I Believe in You"--His work has  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Frank Loesser; Frank Loesser; Frank Loesser; Frank Loesser
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Laurence Riis
ISBN: 9780300110517 0300110510
OCLC Number: 123029630
Description: xix, 332 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: Juvenile poet, Hollywood lyricist, wartime songwriter --
The first Broadway hit: Where's Charley? --
The Broadway composer arrives: Guys and dolls --
Just don't call it opera: The most happy fella --
Another way to write a Broadway hit: How to succeed in business without really trying --
The unknown Loesser: Greenwillow, Pleasures and palaces, Señor discretion himself --
The legacy of Frank Loesser.
Series Title: Yale Broadway masters.
Responsibility: Thomas L. Riis ; with a foreword by Geoffrey Block.
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Perhaps best remembered as the writer and composer of the popular "Guys and Dolls" and the Pulitzer Prize - winning "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying", Frank Loesser was one of the  Read more...

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"Frank Loesser was that rare bird: a skillful stage composer and brilliant writer of song lyrics. Riis's deeply researched and musically astute study shows us what makes a great show such as Guys and Read more...

 
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