Jule Styne Biography

Jule Styne
Jule Styne

(composer; born December 31, 1905, London; died September 20, 1994)

 With the score of such long-running Broadway classics as High Button 
 Shoe, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Peter Pan, Gypsy, Bells Are Ringing, 
 Funny Girl and the Tony-winning Hallelujah Baby! To his credit, 
 composer Jule Styne ranks as one of a handful of undisputed architects 
 of the American musical theater. From 1949 through 1974, nearly every 
 new Broadway season saw the opening of a show with a Jule Styne score, 
 many of them a result of his winning partnership with Betty Comden and 
 Adolph Green. Some years boasted two or three Styne hits running 
 simultaneously. <P>
 Born Julius Kerwin Styne in London's East End, Styne's family 
 immigrated to the U.S. in 1912, where young Julius showed such a 
 talent for the piano that he performed with the Chicago, St. Louis, 
 and Detroit Symphonies before age 10. <P>

 In 1921, a 16-year-old Styne was commissioned to write a song by a 
 teenaged Mike Todd for a musical act he was creating. The result was 
 "The Moth and the Flame," and the world has been listening to Styne 
 songs ever since--1,500 published songs, to be exact. In Hollywood, 
 where Styne found a champion in Frank Sinatra, his fruitful 
 collaboration with Sammy Cahn yielded a string of Hit Parade leaders 
 plus the exuberant score for MGM's Anchors Away and the Oscar-winning 
 Three Coins in a Fountain. 
 Styne's unforgettable songs for Broadway include "Diamonds Are a 
 Girl's Best Friend," "The Party's Over," "Let Me Entertain You," and 
 "People." And the genius of Jule Styne has sparked the theatrical 
 careers of Broadway legends Carol Channing, Judy Holliday, Mary 
 Martin, Ethyl Merman, Carol Burnett, Nanette Fabray, Phil Silvers, and 
 Barbra Steisand. 
 Elected to the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1972 and the Theatre Hall 
 of Fame in 1981, one of Styne's most treasured honors came in 1959, on 
 the occasion of his 25th anniversary in show business, when the 
 following tribute was read into the Congressional Record: "The lives 
 of Americans throughout our land as well as the lives of people 
 throughout the corners of the world have been enriched by the artistry 
 and genius of Jule Styne."

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Recent Performances of works by Jule Styne
Production/Credit WhereOpening Night
Peter Pan ...... (Additional Music & Lyrics) Country Gate Players 9/19/2018
Peter Pan ...... (Additional Music & Lyrics) Paper Mill Playhouse 6/2/2010
Peter Pan ...... (Additional Music & Lyrics) Villagers Theatre 1/29/2010
Funny Girl ...... (Music) Center Drama 8/12/2009
Peter Pan ...... (Additional Music & Lyrics) Country Gate Players 7/13/2007
Gypsy ...... (Music) Spring Lake Theatre Company 4/20/2007
Peter Pan ...... (Additional Music & Lyrics) JCC Musical Theater Company 2/10/2007
Peter Pan ...... (Additional Music & Lyrics) Marlboro Players 1/21/2005
Hallelujah, Baby! ...... (Music) George Street Playhouse 10/5/2004
Gypsy ...... (Music) Off Broad Street Players 8/6/2004
Gypsy ...... (Music) Triple Threat Foundation for the Arts 7/16/2004
Peter Pan ...... (Additional Music & Lyrics) Surflight Theatre 7/2/2003
Bells Are Ringing ...... (Music) Monmouth County Park System Summer Theatre 7/25/2002
Peter Pan ...... (Additional Music & Lyrics) New Jersey Repertory Theater 2/9/2002
Gypsy ...... (Music) HTC Productions 11/16/2001
Peter Pan ...... (Additional Music & Lyrics) Middlesex County Plays in the Park 8/15/2001
Gypsy ...... (Music) Gyspy Entertainment 7/13/2001
Funny Girl ...... (Music) Monmouth County Park System Summer Theatre 6/14/2001
Gypsy ...... (Music) Dover Little Theater 6/1/2001
Funny Girl ...... (Music) Paper Mill Playhouse 4/4/2001
Gypsy ...... (Music) Allegro Productions 3/9/2001
Peter Pan ...... (Additional Music & Lyrics) Mainstage Center For The Arts 12/1/2000
Gypsy ...... (Music) Mystic Vision Players 7/28/1999
Gypsy ...... (Music) Bergen County Players 9/11/1998
Gypsy ...... (Music) Paper Mill Playhouse 9/9/1998
Gypsy ...... (Music) Main Street Theatre Company 8/7/1998
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