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Hugh Martin

Composer, Performer, Writer, Lyricist, Arranger, Vocal Coach, Musical Supervisor, Musician
( b. Aug 11, 1914 Birmingham, Alabama, USA - d. Mar 11, 2011 Encinitas, California, USA ) Male
See Also: The Martins
Hugh Martin studied music at Birmingham Southern College. He intended to be a classical musician until he discovered George Gershwin.

"‘Rhapsody in Blue’ changed my life,” he recalled in a conversation with the singer and pianist Michael Feinstein in the liner notes for their 1995 album, “The Hugh Martin Songbook.”

“It was Gershwin and Kern and Arlen,” he said. Those three were my top-echelon people.”

The three songs with which Martin is most identified all belonged to the score of the 1944 MGM musical “Meet Me in St. Louis.” Although Mr. Martin shared songwriting credit with his longtime collaborator, Ralph Blane, who died in 1995, Mr. Martin insisted in his autobiography, “Hugh Martin: The Boy Next Door” (2010), that he had written all three songs by himself. Mr. Martin and Mr. Blane, who met as cast members in the 1937 Broadway revue Hooray for What? both wrote words and music, usually independently of each other,having agreed to share credit on everything.

Mr. Martin wrote the music and lyrics for five Broadway musicals: Best Foot Forward, Look Ma, I’m Dancin’! Make a Wish, High Spirits, and the 1989 stage version of Meet Me in St. Louis, for which he wrote new songs.

Source: The New York Times




Productions Date of Productions
Mostly Sondheim
[Special, Solo, Concert, Original]
  • Featuring songs by Hugh Martin
Jan 14, 2002 - Aug 25, 2002
Meet Me in St. Louis
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Music by Hugh Martin
  • Lyrics by Hugh Martin
  • Vocal arrangements by Hugh Martin
  • New lyrics by Hugh Martin
Nov 02, 1989 - Jun 10, 1990
Jerome Robbins' Broadway
[Musical, Revue, Dance, Original]
  • Featuring songs by Hugh Martin
  • Featuring songs with lyrics by Hugh Martin
Feb 26, 1989 - Sep 01, 1990
Sugar Babies
[Musical, Revue, Comedy, Burlesque, Original]
  • Additional Vocal Arrangements by Hugh Martin
Oct 08, 1979 - Aug 28, 1982
The 1940's Radio Hour
[Musical, Original]
  • Featuring songs by Hugh Martin
  • Featuring songs with lyrics by Hugh Martin
Oct 07, 1979 - Jan 06, 1980
Good News
[Musical, Comedy, Revival]
  • Musical Supervisor: Hugh Martin
  • Vocal arrangements by Hugh Martin
Dec 23, 1974 - Jan 04, 1975
Lorelei
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Vocal arrangements by Hugh Martin
Jan 27, 1974 - Nov 03, 1974
High Spirits
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Music by Hugh Martin
  • Book by Hugh Martin
  • Lyrics by Hugh Martin
  • Vocal Direction and Arrangements by Hugh Martin
  • Vocal Coach: Hugh Martin
Apr 07, 1964 - Feb 27, 1965
Hazel Flagg
[Musical, Satire, Comedy, Original]
  • Choral arrangements and direction by Hugh Martin
Feb 11, 1953 - Sep 19, 1953
Top Banana
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Vocal arrangements and direction by Hugh Martin
Nov 01, 1951 - Oct 04, 1952
Judy Garland at the Palace "Two-A-Day"
[Special, Revue, Original]
  • Piano: Hugh Martin
Oct 16, 1951 - Jun 1952
Make a Wish
[Musical, Original]
  • Music by Hugh Martin
  • Lyrics by Hugh Martin
  • Vocal arrangements by Hugh Martin
Apr 18, 1951 - Jul 14, 1951
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Vocal Direction by Hugh Martin
  • Vocal direction and arrangements by: Hugh Martin
Dec 08, 1949 - Sep 15, 1951
As the Girls Go
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Music arranged by Hugh Martin
  • Vocal Director: Hugh Martin
Nov 13, 1948 - Jan 14, 1950
Heaven on Earth
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Vocal Arrangements and direction by Hugh Martin
Sep 16, 1948 - Sep 25, 1948
Look, Ma, I'm Dancin'!
[Musical, Original]
  • Music by Hugh Martin
  • Lyrics by Hugh Martin
  • Vocal arrangements by Hugh Martin
Jan 29, 1948 - Jul 10, 1948
Barefoot Boy With Cheek
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Vocal arrangements by Hugh Martin
Apr 03, 1947 - Jul 05, 1947
The Lady Comes Across
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: The Martins [4 Shoppers]
Jan 09, 1942 - Jan 10, 1942
Best Foot Forward
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Music by Hugh Martin
  • Lyrics by Hugh Martin
Oct 01, 1941 - Jul 04, 1942
Cabin in the Sky
[Musical, Fantasy, Original]
  • Vocal arrangements by Hugh Martin
Oct 25, 1940 - Mar 08, 1941
Louisiana Purchase
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Hugh Martin [The Martins]
May 28, 1940 - Jun 14, 1941
Du Barry Was a Lady
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Choral Arrangements by Hugh Martin
Dec 06, 1939 - Dec 12, 1940
Too Many Girls
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Vocal arrangements by Hugh Martin
Oct 18, 1939 - May 18, 1940
Streets of Paris
[Musical, Revue, Original]
  • Performer: Hugh Martin [Monsieur]
  • Vocal arrangements by Hugh Martin
Jun 19, 1939 - Feb 10, 1940
One For the Money
[Musical, Revue, Original]
  • Vocal arrangements by Hugh Martin
Feb 04, 1939 - May 27, 1939
The Boys from Syracuse
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Vocal arrangements by Hugh Martin
Nov 23, 1938 - Jun 10, 1939
Where Do We Go From Here?
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Hugh Martin [Phil]
Nov 15, 1938 - Nov 1938
Hooray For What!
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Hugh Martin [Singing Ensemble]
  • Music arranged by Hugh Martin
Dec 01, 1937 - May 21, 1938
1990 Tony Award® Best Original Score
 Meet Me in St. Louis [nominee]
Lyrics by Hugh Martin; Music by Hugh Martin
1964 Tony Award® Best Author (Musical)
 High Spirits [nominee]
Book by Hugh Martin
1964 Tony Award® Best Composer and Lyricist
 High Spirits [nominee]
Lyrics by Hugh Martin; Music by Hugh Martin
1964 Tony Award® Best Musical
 High Spirits [nominee]
Book by Hugh Martin; Lyrics by Hugh Martin; Music by Hugh Martin
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