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Show TunesThe Songs, Shows, and Careers of Broadway’s Major Composers$
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Steven Suskin

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195314076

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314076.001.0001

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Harvey Schmidt

Harvey Schmidt

Born: September 12, 1929, Dallas, Texas

(p.296) Harvey Schmidt
Show Tunes

Steven Suskin

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the work of Harvey Schmidt. It begins with an extended commentary of his career, followed by details on productions, with data and song information. Schmidt, the son of a Methodist minister, was studying art at the University of Texas when he met fellow Texan Tom Jones (born February 17, 1928). A mutual interest in theater led the pair to collaborate on college shows. Schmidt and Jones moved, separately, to New York in the early fifties; the composer supported himself as a commercial artist. Schmidt’s first New York hearing came Off Broadway, with four songs in Ben Bagley’s Shoestring ’57 (November 5, 1956).

Keywords:   Harvey Schmidt, University of Texas, Tom Jones, musical theater, show tunes, Shoestring ’57, Ben Bagley

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