He was musical composer and lyricist for Larry Gelbart and Burt Shevelove's book of a musical, "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey. Mark Waldrop was director. Vince Pesce was choreographer.
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[asked why he went into musical theater] It was very simple. When I was 11 years old, I met Oscar Hammerstein and he became a surrogate father and I just wanted to do what he did. And he was a songwriter for the theater, so I became a songwriter for the theater. If he was a geologist, I'd've become a geologist.
Provides the voice of Rose's father on the original cast album to Gypsy
(1962) in the song, Some People. He practically snarls the line "You ain't getting eighty-eight cents from me, Rose!" Sondheim claims this is because he was incredibly frustrated with Ethel Merman
, who refused to read the line "...and you can go to hell!".