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Hal Hackady

HAL HACKADY

  (1922 - 2015)

Nationality:    USA
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Literary Agent:    Mitch Douglas Literary and Theatrical  

Harold Clayton MacHackady (February 10, 1922  October 12, 2015), best known as Hal Hackady, and sometimes credited as Hal Hackaday, was an American lyricist, librettist and screenwriter. Hal was born in Middletown, Connecticut in 1922. He studied at Wesleyan University, before starting work in New York City in the 1950s. He began his career writing teleplays for early anthology series General Electric Theater and Alfred Hitchcock Presents. Hal graduated to feature films as the screenwriter of B-movies capitalizing on the rock and roll craze, including Lets Rock, Senior Prom (both with music by Don Gohman), and Hey, Lets Twist, which earned him a Writers Guild of America nomination for Best Written Musical. Hals theatrical career began with the 1955 Broadway revue Almost Crazy starring Kay Medford, for which he wrote sketches and lyrics. Additional Broadway credits include Minnies Boys, Goodtime Charley, Ambassador, and Teddy & Alice. Hal also wrote lyrics for Divorce, of course! with Angela Paton and Robert Goldsby writing the book, and Lee Pockriss writing the music. It was originally translated from the French play, Divorcons, by Victorien Sardou and Émile de Najac. Hal and Pockriss also co-wrote a song called The Key that Billy Thornhill recorded for Wand Records in 1968. Hal (with co-writer Charles Naylor) wrote the sentimental ballad Shake Me I Rattle (Squeeze Me I Cry), originally recorded by the Lennon Sisters in 1957. It became a national chart record for Marion Worth in 1962-63, and returned as a country music hit for Cristy Lane in 1977-78. It has been recorded as a Christmas song. In 1975, Hal wrote the lyrics for Snoopy! The Musical, a sequel to Youre A Good Man, Charlie Brown. It premiered at the Little Fox Theatre in San Francisco, but it was not until 1982 that it was staged in New York City, at the off-Broadway Lambs Theatre, with a cast that included David Garrison, Vicki Lewis, and Lorna Luft. It was then mounted in the West End at the Duchess Theatre, where it enjoyed a successful run.

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        Alias Jimmy Valentine         Ambassador, The         Barsoom!         Blockheads         Divorce, Of Course!         Empty Pleasures         Goodtime Charley         Hunchback Of Notre Dame, The         Little By Little         Minnie's Boys         Rhythmn Ranch         Sandals         Snoopy!!!         Teddy And Alice         Valentine Touch         Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?



Alias Jimmy Valentine

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by Jack Wrangler; Music by Bob Haber; lyrics by Hal Hackaday

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Original cast recording: produced but not released.

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Ambassador, The

Ambassador, The
1906 Paris and Lewis Lambert Strether has arrived to find and bring back his fiancee's son to America. However, he soon finds the openness of Parisian society better than his straight laced existence and that the young man he was sent to bring back had the right idea - to stay

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Music by Don Gohman; Book by Don ettlinger And Anna Marie Barlow; Lyrics by Hal Hackady; Based on the novel by Henry James

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Her Majesty's Theatre, London    

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Original cast recording: RCa (SeR- 5618) 1971

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Barsoom!

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John Carter is transposed from the American Civil War to Mars - called Barsoom by the natives. He is held prisoner by Green Martians and rescues a Red Martian princess

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Music by John Cerrone; lyrics by Hal Hackady; book by John Cerrone. Based on the novel "a Princess Of Mars" by edgar Rice Burroughs

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Blockheads

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Written by Arthur Whitelaw, Kay Cole And Michael Landwehr; music by Alexander Peskanov; lyrics by Hal Hackady

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Mermaid Theatre, London    

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Divorce, Of Course!

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Music by Lee Pockriss; lyrics by Hal Hackady; book by Robert Goldsby; Angela Paton. Also known As "Let's Getta Divorce"

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Empty Pleasures

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Music by Fred Stark; lyrics by Hal Hackady; book by Hal Hackady

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Goodtime Charley

Goodtime Charley
Joan of arc and the Dauphin of France played out as a musical romp

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Book by Sidney Michaels; Music by Larry Grossman; Lyrics by Hal Hackady

1st Produced:
Palace Theater, New York    

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Original cast recording: RCa (68935) 1975

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Hunchback Of Notre Dame, The

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Music by Byron Janis; lyrics by Hal Hackady; book by Anthony Scully. Based on the novel by Victor Hugo

1st Produced:
Westbeth Theater Center, New York    

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Little By Little

Synopsis:
Can friends be lovers? Can lovers be friends?

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Written by Annette Jolles And Ellen Greenfield; music by Brad Roass; lyrics by Hal Hackaday And Ellen Greenfield

1st Produced:
York Theatre at St. Peter's, NY    

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Minnie's Boys

Minnie's Boys
Minnie's boys were the Marx Brothers

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Music by Larry Grossman; Lyrics by Hal Hackady; Book by Arthur Marx And Robert Fisher; Based on the life of the Marx Brothers (Zeppo, Harpo, Groucho & Chico)

1st Produced:
Imperial Theater, New York    

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Bozo

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Original cast recording: Project 3 (3-6002) 1970

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Rhythmn Ranch

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Music by Fred Stark; lyrics by Hal Hackady

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Sandals

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by Ralph Allen; Music And lyrics by Hal Hackady, Brad Ross, Terry Waldo And Michael Valenti

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Snoopy!!!

Snoopy!!!
a year with the Peanuts Gang. Halloween and Linus with Snoopy await the arrival of the Giant Pumpkin. at Christmas Charlie Brown looks at the stars. Snoopy is the easter Beagle distributing eggs. Snoopy has his novel rejected by the publishers - but he does become Head Beagle

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Written by Michael L Grace, Warren Lockhart And Arthur Whitelaw; music by Larry Grossmann; lyrics by Hal Hackaday. Based on the cartoon strip by Charles Schultz

1st Produced:
Little Fox Theater, San Francisco    

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Original cast recording: DRG (6103) 1975

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Teddy And Alice

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Setting: the White House, Washington D.C. 1901-1904

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Music by John Philip SoUSA; Original Music by Richard Kapp; Lyrics by Hal Hackady; Book by Jerome Alden

1st Produced:
Minskoff Theatre, New York    

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Original cast recording: essay (1003) 1987

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Valentine Touch

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by Jack Wrangler; Music by Bob Haber; lyrics by Hal Hackady

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Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?

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by Henry Farrell; Music by Lee Pockriss; lyrics by Hal Hackady. Based on the novel by Henry Farrell

1st Produced:
Arena Theater, Houston, Texas    

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