Atteridge, Harold Richard, 1886-1938

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Harold Richard Atteridge (1886-1938) was an American composer, librettist and lyricist primarily for musicals and revues. He wrote the book and lyrics for over 20 musicals and revues for the Shubert family, including several iterations of The Passing Show.

Atteridge was born in Lake Forest, Illinois, the only child of Richard H. Atteridge and Ann T. O'Neill.[1] He attended North Division High School, followed by college at the University of Chicago, where he was a member of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. In 1907 he wrote the Varsity show for the Black Friar's Club, and graduated with a Bachelor of Philosophy degree. His obituary quoted him on experience: "If my success at this work illustrates anything it marks the importance of making an early start at one's profession. ... All during college I was developing a revue and musical show technique in my work for a college organization called the Black Friars. By the time I received my Bachelor of Philosophy degree I was a fairly proficient librettist."

His professional career began in Chicago as a lyricist for a music publishing firm. He first gained attention by writing the lyrics for two songs in the Chicago production of Madame Sherry. Producer George Lederer showed enthusiasm and advised Atteridge to move to New York. He did so in September 1910. He met with Jesse Louis Lasky who engaged him for a show at the New York Follies Bergere. When that venue closed, and with a letter of introduction to J. J. Shubert, Atteridge auditioned some of his songs and was engaged to write for the Shuberts' productions. Over the next two decades, he wrote dozens of shows, often writing both book and lyrics, for Broadway, including many starring Al Jolson, and several reviews in the successful series called The Passing Show.

Atteridge married his first wife, Laura, in 1912. He married his second wife, Mary Teresa Corless, on May 1, 1923. By 1930 he was working in Hollywood, writing film continuities. Later he wrote radio continuities for Al Jolson and Ed Wynn.

Atteridge died on January 15, 1938 of cirrhosis of the liver in Lynbrook, New York. He was survived by his wife.

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creatorOf Atteridge, Harold Richard, 1886-1938. Innocent eyes. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Herbert, Victor, 1859-1924. The dream girl [collection] : a musical comedy / book and lyrics by Rida Johnson Young and Harold Richard Atteridge ; music by Victor Herbert and Sigmund Romberg. University of Wisconsin - Madison, General Library System
creatorOf Herbert, Victor, 1859-1924. The dream girl; a musical romance. Music by Victor Herbert, book by Rida Johnson Young & Harold Atteridge. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Atteridge, Harold Richard, 1886-1938. Harold Richard Atteridge papers, circa 1911-1929 Houghton Library
creatorOf Kerker, Gustave, 1857-1923. Two little brides : in three acts. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Georgia Institute of Technology. Georgia Tech Songs collection, 1900-1953. Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia Tech
creatorOf Atteridge, Harold Richard, 1886-1938. Big boy : a play for Al Jolson / by Harold Atteridge ; Sept. 29th, 1924. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Typescripts and scrapbooks The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Harold R. Atteridge papers, 1909-1939 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Herbert, Victor, 1859-1924. "The dream girl" [Book by Rida Johnson Young and Harold Atteridge. Music by Victor Herbert. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Romberg, Sigmund, 1887-1951. "Maid in America." [Lyrics by Harold R. Atteridge; music by Sigmund Romberg and Harry Carroll. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Hoschna, Karl L., 1877-1911. Madame Sherry [collection] : a three act French vaudeville / book and lyrics by Otto Hauerbach ; music by Karl L. Hoschna. University of Wisconsin - Madison, General Library System
creatorOf Hanley, James F. (James Frederick), 1892-1942. "Big boy" [by Harold Atteridge; lyrics by Buddy G. De Sylva; music by James F. Hanley and Joseph Meyer. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Lehár, Franz, 1870-1948. Weiner Frauen [sic] / book by George Bronson-Howard ; music, Franz Lehar ; lyrics, Harold Atteridge & George Bronson-Howard. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Atteridge, Harold Richard, 1886-1938. Harold R. Atteridge papers, 1909-1939. New York Public Library System, NYPL
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associatedWith Berlin, Irving, 1888-1989. person
associatedWith Cantor, Eddie, 1892-1964. person
associatedWith De Sylva, B. G. (Buddy Gard), 1896-1950. person
associatedWith Feist, Leonard person
associatedWith Feist, Leonard. person
associatedWith Georgia Institute of Technology. corporateBody
associatedWith Hanley, James F. (James Frederick), 1892-1942. person
associatedWith Herbert, Victor, 1859-1924. person
associatedWith Hoschna, Karl L., 1877-1911. person
associatedWith Jolson, Al, d. 1950. person
associatedWith Kerker, Gustave, 1857-1923. person
associatedWith Lehár, Franz, 1870-1948. person
associatedWith Meyer, Joseph, 1894-1987. person
associatedWith M. Whitmore & Sons corporateBody
associatedWith M. Whitmore & Sons. corporateBody
associatedWith Romberg, Sigmund, 1887-1951. person
associatedWith Schwartz, Jean, 1878-1956. person
associatedWith Seymour, Tot, 1889-1966. person
associatedWith Shubert, Jacob J., 1878?-1963. person
associatedWith Shubert Theatrical Company corporateBody
associatedWith Shubert Theatrical Company. corporateBody
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New York City NY US
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Copyright--Royalties
Theater
Musical theater--New York (State)--New York
American drama
Musical theater
Theater--New York (State)--New York
Copyright--Performing rights
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Dramatists
Lyricists
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Birth 1886-07-09

Death 1938-01-15

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