Albert Hague

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Albert Hague
Born Albert Marcuse
October 13, 1920
Berlin, Germany
Died November 12, 2001(2001-11-12) (aged 81)
Marina del Rey, California, USA
Occupation songwriter, composer, actor

Albert Hague (October 13, 1920 – November 12, 2001) was a German-American songwriter, composer, and actor.

Early life[edit]

Hague was born as Albert Marcuse to a Jewish family in Berlin, Germany. His father, Harry Marcuse, was a psychiatrist and a musical prodigy, and his mother, Mimi (née Heller), a chess champion.[1] His family considered their Jewish heritage a liability and raised him as a Lutheran.[2] Hague came to America in 1939 on scholarship to the University of Cincinnati. After graduating in 1942, he served in the United States Army during World War II. [3]


Hague's Broadway Musicals include Plain and Fancy (1955),[4] Redhead (1959),[5] Cafe Crown (1964),[6] and The Fig Leaves Are Falling (1969, with lyrics by Allan Sherman).[7]

Famous songs he wrote include "Young and Foolish", "Look Who's in Love" and "Did I Ever Really Live?" He was the composer for the TV musical cartoon, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and some songs in the 2000 musical version.[8] He also was an actor, most notably on the TV series Fame, where he played Benjamin Shorofsky, the music teacher. It was a part he originated in the film of the same name.[9] Hague also played a small role in the movie Space Jam (1996), as the psychiatrist that the Professional Basketball players go to when they lose their "skill".[10]

Hague and his wife Renee occasionally presented a cabaret act, first as "Hague and Hague: His Hits and His Mrs." and later, in 1998, under the title "Still Young and Foolish".[11] They played at Carnegie Hall, the Cinegrill in Los Angeles, and Eighty Eight's in Manhattan.[12]

Hague was a member of The Lambs where he often taught musical theater to members.[13]

Personal life and death[edit]

His wife, Renee Orin, an actress and singer, with whom he often collaborated, died, aged 73, in August 2000 from lymphoma.[14] They had been married since 1951.[2] They had two children. Albert Hague died at age 81 from cancer[15] at a hospital in Marina del Rey, California in November 2001.[2]


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  2. ^ a b c Martin, Douglas. "Albert Hague, 81, a Composer and Actor" New York Times. November 15, 2001
  3. ^ Shirley, Don. "Albert Hague, 81; 'Fame' Teacher Wrote Scores for Broadway, TV" Los Angeles Times, November 16, 2001
  4. ^ "'Plain and Fancy' Broadway", accessed January 17, 2016
  5. ^ "'Redhead' Broadway", accessed January 17, 2016
  6. ^ "'Cafe Crown' Broadway", accessed January 17, 2016
  7. ^ "'The Fig Leaves Are Falling' Broadway", accessed January 17, 2016
  8. ^ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, accessed January 17, 2016
  9. ^ "'Fame' Film Overview", accessed January 17, 2016
  10. ^ Space Jam, accessed January 17, 2016
  11. ^ Jones, Kenneth. "Albert Hague and Renee Orin: Still “Young and Foolish” in NY Cabaret Act", November 2, 1998
  12. ^ Jones, Kenneth. "Albert Hague, 'Grinch' and Redhead Composer, Is Dead", November 15, 2001
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  14. ^ "Renee Orin, 73, Actress in Broadway Musicals" New York Times, August 30, 2000
  15. ^ Celebrity Obituaries at Grave Hunter

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