Burt Shevelove

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Burt Shevelove
Born(1915-09-19)September 19, 1915
DiedApril 8, 1982(1982-04-08) (aged 66)
EducationBrown University (BA)
Yale University (MFA)
Occupation(s)Author, director, playwright, librettist

Burt Shevelove (September 19, 1915 – April 8, 1982) was an American musical theater playwright, lyricist, librettist, and director.


Born in Newark, New Jersey, he graduated from Brown University and Yale (Master's degree). At Brown in 1935, he acted in the first ever Brownbrokers musical titled Something Bruin. After serving as a volunteer ambulance driver in World War II, he began working as a writer, director and producer for radio and television. At the time of his death he had lived in London for many years.[1]

His Broadway career started in 1948 with writing material, co-producing and directing for the revue Small Wonder. [2] Among his successes were A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and No, No, Nanette, for which he won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical.

He died at his apartment in London, where he had been living for about 15 years, on April 8. 1982. He was survived by his mother and a sister.[1]






  1. ^ a b Carol Lawson (9 April 1982). "Burt Shevelove Writer, 66, and Director, Dies". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-06-14.
  2. ^ Toby Simkin. "Author Biography: Burt Shevelove". Music Theatre International. Archived from the original on September 28, 2007. Retrieved 2008-06-14.

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