Franz Allers

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Franz Allers (August 6, 1905 in Carlsbad, Austria-Hungary (now Czech Republic) – January 26, 1995 in Paradise, Nevada, U.S.) was a European-American conductor of ballet, opera, Broadway musicals, film scores, and symphony orchestras.

Allers started playing the violin at the age of 7. In 1920, he moved to Berlin where he became a violinist in the Berlin Philharmonic. He had a distinguished career in Europe as an opera and symphonic conductor and moved to the United States in 1938. [1]

He conducted the score for the 1954 animated film Hansel & Gretel.[2] In 1959, he received a Grammy nomination for the category "Best Recording for Children" for the film soundtrack.[3] Unfortunately, Allers and Hansel & Gretel lost to Peter Ustinov and Peter & the Wolf (von Karajan conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra).

He is best known for his work on Broadway, and especially for conducting the original Broadway productions of My Fair Lady and Camelot, for each of which he won the Tony Award for Best Conductor and Musical Director, in 1957 and 1961.

Allers worked closely with the team of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, as the conductor for most of their musicals.

Allers was married to German actress/playwright Janne Furch-Allers (née Ertel).

According to The New York Times obituary, "Harold C. Schonberg of The New York Times wrote that Allers, along with the conductor Maurice Abravanel, 'completely revised the standards of Broadway pit work,' demanding the highest quality from both the orchestra players and the singers."[4]