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Albert Hague

born Oct. 13, 1920 Berlin, Ger.
died Nov. 12, 2001, Los Angeles

Hague studied music in his native Germany and later in Rome and the United States. After graduation and service in the U.S. air force during the war, he pursued a career in popular music.

He wrote individual songs and background music for many Broadway productions, but his first full musical score that made it to the stage was Plain and Fancy, with lyrics supplied by Arnold B Horwitt. The show, set in an Amish community, was well received by critics and was a solid success in both New York and London. Hague provided a lovely, melodious score, a highlight being This Is All Very New To Me, sung in the original production by Barbara Cook.

Hague's next major project was Redhead with Dorothy Fields. It was another great success, although it is usually regarded as a triumph for star Gwen Verdon and director/choreographer Bob Fosse rather than for the writers.

Hague's next show was The Girls Against The Boys which closed after 16 performances. After that, things got even worse. The next three shows were :

Café Crown (1964) was a story of Yiddish theatre folk, and featured a “King Lear” ballet. It closed after 4 performances.

The Fig Leaves Are Falling (1969) with lyrics by Allan Sherman (Hello Mudder, Hello Fadder) boasted the great George Abbott as director. It was apparently an uncomfortable comedy about the sexual revolution and again, lasted only 4 performances. Nice title though.

For Miss Moffat (1974), Hague appears to have set music to lyrics already written by Emlyn Williams for this version of Williams' play The Corn Was Green. The show collapsed during its pre-Broadway tour, when star Bette Davis withdrew.

Hague also wrote the score for a TV musical with lyrics by Dr Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

In the last twenty years, Hague has taken several acting roles, including the music teacher in the TV series of Fame.

From 1997, he performed a cabaret act with his wife, Renee Orin. Hague said that the showe, entitled "Still Young and Foolish", was "really about our lives".

Hague talked about the difficulty of reviving Redhead. "Redhead needs a major star, and there are very few people of the caliber of a young Gwen Verdon."

He also said of Dorothy Fields "Dorothy is one of the few geniuses I've had the pleasure to work with. One of the little secrets she tried to keep is that she never went to college, and she had an incredible use of language."

For more information on Hague, see the Tunesmiths Database : Albert Hague

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