Burt Shevelove

Burt Shevelove

Playwright, Librettist, Lyricist


Biography


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 and Yale (Master's degree). At Brown in 1935, he acted in the first ever Brownbrokers musical titled Something Bruin. After serving as a volunteer ambulance driver in WWII, 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.

His Broadway career started in 1948 with writing material, co-producing and directing for the revue Small Wonder. Among his successes were 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.

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Shows by Burt Shevelove

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Synopsis

The plot concerns a frog-infested journey by the elderly juvenile, Dionysos, accompanied by his slave, Xanthias, to Hades. The two men are in search of a famous writer who will help them save the world from destruction... read more

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is a fast-paced farce that promises to have audiences rolling on the floor. Taking straight from the roots of comedy, Forum combines the ancient comedies of Plautus with a vaudev... read more

Even though Jimmy Smith has become a millionaire, due to his Bible publishing business, his wife, Sue, remains frugal and has little desire for money. Her main concern is raising their adopted daughter, Nanette, into a respe... read more

Overview

Nationality
American
Born
9/19/1915
Died
4/8/1982
Show Categories
Musical
Genres
Fairy Tale/Fantasy, Comedy, Farce, Romance

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