Jonathan Tunick

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Birthday
19, 1938
Birthplace
New York
Birth Sign
Aries
Birthday
19, 1938 (age 80)
Birthplace
New York

About

One of only a few composers to win all four major American show business awards: the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony awards. His work on the Bernadette Peters album 'Bernadette Peters Loves Rodgers and Hammerstein' from 2002 was called brilliant by some critics.

Before Fame

He played the clarinet all through LaGuardia Performing Arts High School and later obtained degrees from Bard College and the Juilliard School. He orchestrated the music for the classic Mel Brooks films 'Blazing Saddles' and 'Young Frankenstein,' both from 1974.

Trivia

He was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 2009 and was awarded the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Orchestrations three times.

Family Life

His wife Leigh Beery was an actress.

Associated With

He and Stephen Sondheim were frequent collaborators, working on "Company" from 1970 and "Into the Woods" from 1987.