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Harold Arlen

Harold Arlen (February 15, 1905 – April 23, 1986)
Was an American composer of popular music. Having written over 400 songs, a number of which have become known the world over, Arlen is a highly regarded contributor to the Great American Songbook. His 1938 song "Over the Rainbow” was voted the twentieth century's No. 1 song by the Recording Industry Association of America Biography Arlen was born Hyman Arluck, in Buffalo, New York, the child of a Jewish cantor.

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West Side Story

West Side Story is a musical created in the 1950's based on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. The story follows the young and innocent Maria, sister of the "Sharks" leader Benardo and Tony, who used to be a member of the "Jets". While the two gangs hate each other and often use racial stereotypes to justify their violence, Tony and Maria fall in love. Torn between his love for Maria and his dedication to his old friends in the Jets, Tony makes a horrible mistake that ruins their secret paradise.

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Jason Robert Brown

Jason Robert Brown is an American musical theatre composer and lyricist. His career began with the unorthodox Songs for a New World, whose original off-Broadway production ran for 28 performances at the WPA Theater in New York City in 1995. The show sits on the boundary between musical and song cycle: it is a series of largely disjoint songs with (unlike a musical) no plot or characters that continue from song to song, but the songs and production themselves are highly theatrical and character-driven.

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Jersey Boys

Jersey Boys is a documentary-style musical based on the lives of one of the most successful '60s rock 'n roll groups, the Four Seasons. It made its Broadway debut on November 6, 2005 at the August Wilson Theatre. The show, directed by Des Mcanuff, artistic director at La Jolla Playhouse, uses many of the group's hit songs to tell the turbulent story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons' rise to fame. Part concert, part jukebox musical, Jersey Boys raked in over $400,000 at the box office the day after it opened.

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Stephen Sondheim

Stephen Sondheim (born March 22, 1930 in New York City) is a composer and lyricist for stage and screen. He is one of the few people to win an Academy Award, multiple Tony Awards, multiple Grammy Awards, and a Pulitzer Prize. Sondheim has been writing for the American Musical Theatre for the past four decades. His breakthrough musical Company revolutionized the art form. He is considered by many to be the finest living composer of our time.

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