Lee Adams

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Lee Adams
Born Lee Richard Adams
(1924-08-14) August 14, 1924 (age 91)
Mansfield, Ohio, U.S.
Occupation Writer, librettist
Period 1955–present
Notable works Bye Bye Birdie

Lee Richard Adams (born August 14, 1924) is an American lyricist best known for his musical theatre collaboration with Charles Strouse.


Born in Mansfield, Ohio, Adams received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Ohio State University and a Master's from Columbia University.

Adams won Tony Awards in 1961 for Bye Bye Birdie and in 1970 for Applause. In addition, he wrote the lyrics for All American, Golden Boy, It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman, Bring Back Birdie, and A Broadway Musical, and the book and lyrics for Ain't Broadway Grand. Additionally, Strouse and Adams co-wrote "Those Were the Days", the opening theme to the TV situation comedy All in the Family.

Adams was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1989.



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