Schwartz, Arthur, 1900-1984

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1900-11-25
Death 1984-09-03
US
English

Biographical notes:

Arthur Schwartz, composer. Dorothy Fields, lyricist. Betty Smith and George Abbott, librettists. Betty Smith, novelist. David Ives, concert adaptation.

From the description of A tree grows in Brooklyn : typescript, 2005. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 79468106

Songwriter, producer.

From the description of Reminiscences of Arthur Schwartz : oral history, 1958. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122608352

Robert Russell Bennett was an American composer, orchestrator and conductor.

From the guide to the Robert Russell Bennett papers, 1911-1981, (Music Library)

Biographical Note

  • 1900, Nov. 25: Born, Brooklyn, New York
  • circa 1908 - 1914 : Taught himself piano and harmonica
  • circa 1914: Accompanied silent films at a Flatbush theater
  • circa 1920: B.A., New York University, New York, N.Y.
  • early 1920s: Taught English in New York school system
  • 1923: Law degree, Columbia University, New York, N.Y. Published first song, "Baltimore, MD, You're the Only Doctor for Me"
  • summer 1924: Camp counselor in Adirondacks where he met Lorenz Hart Collaborated with Hart on camp songs
  • 1924 - 1929 : Practiced law
  • 1926, June 15: Musical revue Grand Street Follies opened off-Broadway (with Schwartz songs)
  • circa 1928: Met Howard Dietz
  • 1929, Apr. 30: Musical revue The Little Show opened on Broadway (Dietz and Schwartz)
  • 1930, Sept. 2: Musical revue The Second Little Show opened on Broadway (Dietz and Schwartz)
  • 1930, Oct. 15: Musical revue Three's a Crowd opened on Broadway (Dietz and Schwartz)
  • 1931, June 3: Musical revue The Band Wagon opened on Broadway (Dietz and Schwartz)
  • 1932, Sept. 15: Musical revue Flying Colors opened on Broadway (Dietz and Schwartz)
  • 1934, Nov. 28: Musical Revenge with Music opened on Broadway (Dietz and Schwartz)
  • 1934: Married Katherine Carrington (died 1954)
  • 1934 - 1935 : Schwartz and Dietz wrote songs for NBC radio program The Gibson Family
  • 1935, Sept. 15: Musical revue At Home Abroad opened on Broadway (Dietz and Schwartz)
  • 1936, Dec. 25: Musical revue The Show is On opened on Broadway (additional songs by Dietz and Schwartz)
  • 1937, Sept. 2: Musical Virginia opened on Broadway (Stillman and Schwartz)
  • 1937, Dec. 2: Musical Between the Devil opened on Broadway (Dietz and Schwartz)
  • 1938, June 30: Son Jonathan Schwartz born
  • 1939, Feb. 9: Musical Stars in Your Eyes opened on Broadway (Fields and Schwartz)
  • 1942, Aug. 17: Film musical Cairo released (Harburg and Schwartz)
  • 1943, Sept. 25: Film musical Thank Your Lucky Stars released (Schwartz songs)
  • 1944, Mar. 30: Film musical Cover Girl released (produced by Schwartz)
  • 1944: Academy Award nomination for best song for "They're Either Too Young or Too Old" from Thank Your Lucky Stars
  • 1946, Aug. 3: Film musical Night and Day released (produced by Schwartz)
  • 1946, Nov. 4: Musical Park Avenue opened on Broadway (Schwartz and Ira Gershwin)
  • 1946, Dec. 28: Film musical The Time, The Place and the Girl released
  • 1947: Academy Award nomination for best song for "A Gal in Calico" from The Time, The Place and the Girl
  • 1948, Apr. 30: Musical revue Inside U.S.A. opened on Broadway (Dietz and Schwartz)
  • 1949: Produced three episodes of television series Inside U.S.A. with Chevrolet
  • 1951, Apr. 19: Musical A Tree Grows in Brooklyn opened on Broadway (Fields and Schwartz)
  • 1953, July 3: Film musical Dangerous When Wet released (with Schwartz song)
  • 1953, Aug. 7: Film musical The Band Wagon released
  • 1954, Apr. 8: Musical By the Beautiful Sea opened on Broadway (Fields and Schwartz)
  • 1955, June 15: Married Mary Grey (died 1994)
  • 1956, Mar. 10: Television musical High Tor aired on Ford Star Jubilee (produced and with songs composed by Schwartz)
  • 1956, June 2: Television musical A Bell for Adano aired on Ford Star Jubilee (produced and with songs composed by Schwartz)
  • 1956, Aug. 20: Son Paul Schwartz born
  • 1958 - 1983 : Served as director for ASCAP
  • 1961, Nov. 18: Musical The Gay Life opened on Broadway (Dietz and Schwartz)
  • 1963, Oct. 17: Musical Jennie opened on Broadway (Dietz and Schwartz)
  • 1967 - 1970 : Served on Dramatist Guild governing board
  • 1969: Moved to England Became Dramatist Guild London representative
  • 1969 - 1981 : Lived in England but spent more time in the U.S. over the last three years
  • 1972: Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame That's Entertainment, a revue of Schwartz songs, performed at the Edison Theater
  • 1979: Dancing in the Dark, a retrospective of Schwartz songs, performed at the Manhattan Theater Club
  • 1981: Inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame
  • early 1984: Received ASCAP Foundation Richard Rodgers Award for lifetime achievement in the musical theater
  • 1984, Sept. 3: Died Kintnersville, Pennsylvania

From the guide to the Arthur Schwartz Papers, 1900-1983, (bulk 1931-1983), (Music Division Library of Congress)

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Subjects:

  • Musicals
  • Musicals--Scores and parts
  • Radio programs--United States
  • Revues--United States
  • Popular music--Scores
  • Popular music--United States
  • Musical films--United States
  • Songs--Texts
  • Musical revues, comedies, etc.--Excerpts--Vocal scores with piano
  • Revues--Excerpts--Scores
  • Theater--United States
  • Composers--Interviews
  • Musicals--Excerpts--Vocal scores with piano
  • Popular music--Writing and publishing
  • Television music--Excerpts--Scores
  • Musicals--United States
  • Musical theater--United States--20th century
  • Composition (Music)
  • Motion pictures and music
  • Motion pictures--United States
  • Music--Manuscripts--United States
  • Musicals--Excerpts--Scores
  • Motion picture music--Excerpts--Scores
  • Popular music--1951-1960
  • Composers--United States
  • Motion picture producers and directors--Interviews
  • Popular music

Occupations:

  • Collector

Places:

  • United States (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)