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Dick Vosburgh

DICK VOSBURGH

  (1929 - 2007)

Nationality:    USA
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Comedy writer, broadcaster, occasional actor and book and lyric writer of the musical A Day in Hollywood, A Night in the Ukraine, Dick Vusburgh has died, aged 77. Born in New Jersey in 1929, he came to RADA in 1948 where he won the Comedy Acting Prize and began to contribute sketches and lyrics to West End revues and then moved into broadcasting. During his career he wrote for a vast range of British comedy stars, including Alfed Marks, Stanley Baxter, Bernard Bresslaw, Frankie Howerd, Les Dawson, Kenny Everett, Bob Monkhouse, John Cleese, Rory Bremner and Lenny Henry. He also appeared in Monty Python's Flying Circus. Apart from A Night in Hollywood, which was a hit on Broadway, he also collaborated with Dennis King on the musical A Saint She Ain't and earlier this year appeared with King at the Theatre Museum in the Un-American Songbook. He died on Wednesday 18th April in London, leaving a wife, Beryl, one son and five daughters.

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        All Night Strut         Beauty And the Beards         Day In Hollywood, A Night In the Ukraine, A         Jerome Kern Goes To Hollywood         Let's Do It         Saint She Ain't, A         Windy City         World Is Our Ulcer, The



All Night Strut

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Music by Frank Lazurus; lyrics by Dick Vosburgh

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Beauty And the Beards

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Devised/Performed By Denis King, Sarah Redmond, Dick Vosburgh

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All Electric

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Day In Hollywood, A Night In the Ukraine, A

Day In Hollywood, A Night In the Ukraine, A
Setting: "A Day in Hollywood" set in the lobby of Grauman's Chinese theater. It consisted of two parts: "A Day in Hollywood," an affectionate spoof of Busby Berkeley musicals of the 1930s, and "A Night in the Ukraine," a re-imaging of an Anton Chekhov play as a Marx Brothers comedy.

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Book by Dick Vosburgh; Lyrics by Dick Vosburgh; Music by Frank Lazarus

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Samuel French Ltd, London   978-0573081118

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Jerome Kern Goes To Hollywood

Jerome Kern Goes To Hollywood
By focusing on Kern's Hollywood years, the show inevitably downplays his early Anglophilia and impact on the Broadway musical with Show Boat, though we are reminded that the first of the musical's three movie versions was almost sunk by casting a Germanic tenor as Gaylord Ravenal. But the main purpose is to get on as many songs as possible, and to hear once again A Fine Romance or the Way You Look Tonight is to be reminded of an era when musicals were a source of escapist pleasure rather than industrial enterprises. - Billington, Guardian

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Conceived by David Kernan; Book by Dick Vosburgh; Music by Jerome Kern; Featuring songs with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, Dorothy Fields, Ira Gershwin, Otto Harbach, Johnny Mercer, E.Y. Harburg, Jimmy McHugh, P. G. Wodehouse, Buddy DeSylva, Gus Kahn, Bernard Dougall And Herbert Reynolds

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Ritz Theatre, NY    1986

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Original cast recording: First Night (OCR CD6014) 1985

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Musical Revue Musical

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Let's Do It

Let's Do It
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Music by Noel Coward And Cole Porter; lyrics by Noel Coward And Cole Porter; book by Robin Ray; book by Dick Vosburgh

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Festival Theatre, Chichester    1994

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Original cast recording: Silva Screen (910) 1994

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Saint She Ain't, A

Saint She Ain't, A
Dick Vosburgh's brilliantly funny book reintroduces us to a gallery of Broadway legends, from WC Fields to Mae West, Rita Hayworth, Gene Kelly, Jimmy Durante, the Andrews Sisters and Abbot and Costello, and introduces them to each other in ever more ridiculous comic-romantic encounters.

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Book And lyrics by Dick Vosburgh. Music by Denis King. Freely Adapted from Moliere's "le Cocu Imaginaire"

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Original cast recording: First Night (CASTCD73)) 1999

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Windy City

Windy City
Hildy Johnson has quite his job as the ace reporter for a Chicago newspaper. He plans to marrying his girlfriend and write screenplays for her Father a movie mogul. Condemned killer Earl Williams has escaped and his girlfriend Molly Molloy reveals to Hildy that he is hiding in a roll top desk at the courthouse. Hildy cannot resist writing the scoop of his career

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Music by Tony Macauley; lyrics And book by Dick Vosburgh. Based on the play "the Front Page" by Ben Hecht And Charles MaxArthur

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Victoria Palace, London    20 Jul 1982

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Original cast recording: Angel (89954) 1982

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World Is Our Ulcer, The

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A musical look at the Marx Brothers

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Written by Frank Lazarus And Dick Vosburgh

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Kings Head Theatre, London    21 Jun 2005

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