Richard Lewine

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Richard Lewine
Born(1910-07-28)July 28, 1910
New York City, New York
OriginNew York City, New York
DiedMay 19, 2005(2005-05-19) (aged 94)
Manhattan, New York
Occupation(s)Composer, songwriter, television producer

Richard Lewine (July 28, 1910 – May 19, 2005) was an American composer and songwriter on Broadway as well as television producer.



Born in New York City, Lewine attended Columbia College before beginning his career as a composer and songwriter. In 1934, he wrote songs for the Broadway revue Fools Rush In. During World War II, Lewine served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps.[1][2] In the 1950s and 1960s, Lewine produced musicals for television including Cinderella starring Julie Andrews and Aladdin featuring music by Cole Porter. Lewine also produced the Young People's Concerts telecasts on CBS and, in 1965, won an Emmy Award for producing the television special My Name Is Barbra starring Barbra Streisand. After fellow composer Richard Rodgers' death in 1979, Lewine was the managing director of the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization.[3]

Personal life and death[edit]

Lewine was married twice; he married first wife Mary Haas in 1945 with whom he had two children, Cornelia and Peter. After Haas' death in 1968, Lewine married Elizabeth Rivers.[3]

On May 19, 2005, Lewine died of natural causes at his home in Manhattan.[3]


  1. ^ Saxon, Wolfgang (2005-05-26). "Richard Lewine, a Television Producer Who Also Wrote Music for Broadway, Dies at 94". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-01-30.
  2. ^ Jones, Kenneth (2005-05-23). "Richard Lewine, a Broadway Composer Who Produced R&H's "Cinderella" for TV, Dead at 94". Archived from the original on 2013-01-31. Retrieved 2009-01-30.
  3. ^ a b c Mary, Rourke (2005-05-25). "Richard Lewine, 94; Producer Blended Broadway, TV". The L.A. Times. Retrieved 2009-01-30.

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