Peter Rodgers Melnick

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Peter Rodgers Melnick (born July 24, 1958) is an American composer for film, television and musical theatre.

Career[edit]

Some of Melnick’s earlier film score credits include L.A. Story, The Only Thrill, Convicts, and Farce of the Penguins. His television credits include the PBS's, Cinema's Exiles: From Hitler to Hollywood, Indictment: The McMartin Trial, Grand Avenue, and Lily Dale by Horton Foote.

His first produced musical was Adrift in Macao,[1] featuring script and lyrics by Christopher Durang. Melnick then collaborated with Bill Russell on The Last Smoker in America, a musical comedy about a dysfunctional family struggling with a new law forbidding smoking.[2] It opened in Columbus, Ohio in fall 2010.

Melnick and Russell have also worked together on two musical one-acts, Patter for the Floating Lady, based on the eponymous Steve Martin, and A Bad Spell, adapted from a Virginia Moriconi short story Simple Arithmetic.

Personal life[edit]

Melnick is the son of Daniel Melnick and Linda Rodgers, and grandson of Richard Rodgers and grew up in New York City. He graduated from The Choate School[3] (which later merged with Rosemary Hall to become Choate Rosemary Hall) and attended Harvard College,[3] Berklee College of Music,[3] and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.[3] He also studied jazz with the Jaki Byard.[4]

Melnick now lives in Montecito, California, with wife, Laini. They have two children.

Works[edit]

Musical theatre scores[edit]

Film scores[edit]

Television scores[edit]

  • The KGB, the Computer and Me (1990); TV documentary
  • Testing Dirty (1990); TV series: ABC Afterschool Specials
  • Magic (1991); TV series
  • Lily Dale (1996); TV series: Hallmark Hall of Fame
  • Edgar Allan Poe: Terror of the Soul (1995); TV series documentary: American Masters
  • Robert Rauschenberg: Inventive Genius (1999); TV series documentary: American Masters
  • Tak for Alt: Survival of a Human Spirit (1999); documentary
  • Cinema's Exiles: From Hitler to Hollywood (2009); TV documentary

References[edit]

  1. ^ Charles Isherwood. "Here’s Looking at You, Beloved Movie Clichés". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  2. ^ "NYMF: Five Questions About ‘The Last Smoker in America’". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  3. ^ a b c d [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "Biography". Peter Melnick. Retrieved 2014-07-11. 

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