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Loesser deserves morehttp://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/weiss/2430524,frank-loesser-tribute-062710.articleFrank Loesser at 100http://www.artsjournal.com/jazzbeyondjazz/2010/06/frank_loesser_at_100.htmlBroadway: Frank Loesserhttp://www.pbs.org/wnet/broadway/stars/loesser_f.htmlIBDB: Frank Loesserhttp://www.ibdb.com/person.php?id=5613Frank Loesserhttp://frankloesser.com/Tin Pan Alley has seen its share of memorable songwriters, and one only think of such individuals as Alan Jay Lerner, Cole Porter, and Jerome Kern to channel the infectious spirit and tunesmithery of Broadway. This week, a number of organizations are paying tribute to Frank Loesser, who would have been 100 on June 29. Over the course of his lifetime, Loesser penned some of Broadway's most enduring musicals, including "Guys and Dolls", and hundreds of different songs, including "Baby, It's Cold Outside". Loesser took his time getting into the world of Broadway, as he held a series of odd jobs before his luck finally took a turn for the better when fellow composer Burton Lane went to the front office of Paramount pictures (where Loesser was working) and said "You've got to hear this lyric writer. This guy's great." Loesser had a number of successes on Broadway throughout the 1950s and 1960s, and in 1961 he won the Pulitzer Prize for "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying". There's been renewed interest in that show lately, as it will return to Broadway next season starring Daniel Radcliffe of "Harry Potter" film fame.The first link leads to a profile of Loesser from a recent episode of NPR's "All Things Considered". The second link will take interested parties to a thoughtful appreciation of Loesser's work by Hedy Weiss, the theater critic for the Chicago Sun-Times. Moving on, the third link whisks users away to an excellent post from the "Jazz Beyond Jazz" website about the life and times of Frank Loesser. The post is full of fun surprises, including a link to Ray Bolger singing the Loesser tune "Once in Love With Amy" from the show "Where's Charley?" The fourth link leads to a biographical profile of Loesser, provided courtesy of the PBS program "Broadway: The American Musical". The fifth link leads to Loesser's data page from the Internet Broadway Musical Database (IBDB). The sixth and final link leads to the official Frank Loesser homepage. Here visitors can learn about upcoming productions of his work, along with upcoming performances featuring his songs and such.
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