Composer known for his musical theater songs and lyrics. He is best remembered for his work on the Tony Award-winning musical Kismet.
His earliest musical theater works include Song of Norway, Gypsy Lady, and Magdalena.
He collaborated throughout his career with fellow songwriter and lyricist Robert Wright.
He was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York City.
He received the American Society of Authors, Composers, and Publishers' Richard Rodgers Award for lifetime achievement in musical theater.