Leslie Bricusse

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Leslie Bricusse
Born (1931-01-29) 29 January 1931 (age 83)
Origin London, UK
Occupations Composer, lyricist, playwright
Years active 1952 to present
Associated acts Anthony Newley

Leslie Bricusse (born 29 January 1931) is an English composer, lyricist, and playwright, most prominently working in musicals and also film theme songs.


Although best known for his partnership with Anthony Newley, Bricusse has worked with many other composers.


He was educated at University College School in London and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. While at Cambridge University, he was Secretary of Footlights between 1952 and 1953 and Footlights President during the following year.[1] He currently lives in California in the United States, and he is married to the actress Yvonne Romain.[2]

Sammy Davis, Jr. had hits with two of Bricusse's songs, "What Kind of Fool Am I?" (from Stop the World - I Want to Get Off) and the No. 1 hit "The Candy Man" (from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory).[3] Other recording artists who have had popular success with his songs include Nina Simone ("Feeling Good"), Matt Monro and Frank Sinatra ("My Kind of Girl"), Shirley Bassey ("Goldfinger"), Harry Secombe ("If I Ruled the World"), Nancy Sinatra ("You Only Live Twice"), The Turtles ("A Guide for the Married Man"), Maureen McGovern ("Can You Read My Mind"), and Diana Krall ("When I Look in Your Eyes").[4] Bricusse also partnered with George Tipton to write the opening theme of the US television series It's a Living.

Pure Imagination: The World of Anthony Newley and Leslie Briccuse, devised and directed by Bruce Kimmel, opened at the Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice, California, on 7 December 2013.











  1. ^ Official site lesliebricusse.com, retrieved 18 December 2009
  2. ^ Romain Biography hammerglam.topcities.com, retrieved 18 December 2009
  3. ^ "Sammy Davis, Jr. information from The Billboard Book of Number One Hits, Billboard, 1988" superseventies.com, retrieved 18 December 2009
  4. ^ Biography kennedy-center.org, retrieved 18 December 2009
  5. ^ Stage productions songwritershalloffame.org, retrieved 18 December 2009
  6. ^ a b Internet Broadway database listing ibdb.com, retrieved 18 December 2009
  7. ^ Film Scores songwritershalloffame.org, retrieved 18 December 2009
  8. ^ Stage listing lesliebricusse.com, retrieved 18 December 2009
  9. ^ BWW News Desk)."Wildhorn and Bricusse's 'CYRANO' Debuts at Tokyo's Nissay Theatre, Osaka Run, Tour to Follow" uk.broadwayworld.com, 18 May 2009
  10. ^ Jones, Kenneth."A New "Candy Man": Tony Nominee Babatundé Will Be Sammy in New Musical" playbill.com, 29 July 2009
  11. ^ Song catalog songwritershalloffame.org, retrieved 18 December 2009
  12. ^ a b c Awards and nominations list songwritershalloffame.org, retrieved 18 December 2009
  13. ^ a b Internet Movie database listing, Awards and niminations imdb.com, retrieved 18 December 2009

External links[edit]

Cultural offices
Preceded by
Peter Firth
Footlights President
Succeeded by
Brian Marber