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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 18 December 1910New York City, New York, USA
Date of Death 17 May 1985New York City, New York, USA  (after a long illness)
Birth NameAbram Solman Borowitz

Mini Bio (1)

Songwriter, composer, writer, panelist, director, singer and pianist, educated at City College of New York and New York University. He began his writing career as a script writer for "Duffy's Taven" on radio, and later, the Rudy Vallee program. He sang in his own radio shows , in night clubs, and on television. He wrote the Broadway librettos for "Guys and Dolls" and received a Tony award and a New York Drama Critics award in 1951), and also directed "Happy Hunting", "Silk Stockings", "First Impressions", "Can-Can", "Say, Darling", and "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" (earning a Pulizer Prize and a Tony and New York Drama Critics awards). He directed "Two on the Aisle", "Reclining Figure", "The Golden Fleecing", and "What Makes Sammy Run?". He was also the playwright and director of "Cactus Flower". Joining ASCAP in 1952, he composed the popular songs "The Girl With the Three Blue Eyes" and "Leave Us Face It, We're in Love", and authored "The Abe Burrows Song Book".

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Spouse (2)

Caron Smith Kinzel (1950 - 17 May 1985) (his death)
Ruth Levinson (1938 - 1948) (divorced) (2 children)

Trivia (11)

Father of James Burrows and Laurie Burrows Grad. Uncle of Jonathan Burrows.
In addition to his fine work as a composer and playwright, he was also much in demand as a "script doctor". If a Broadway show needed a rewrite, he was often called to do the job. His talents were so well known, he was mentioned by name in the "Baby Fat" episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961).
Biography in: "American National Biography". Supplement 1, pp. 87-88. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
Won four Tony Awards from four nominations: in 1951, as writer of the Book, along with Jo Swerling, of Best Musical winner "Guys and Dolls;" and, in 1962, as Best Director (Musical); and, along with Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert, as Best Authors (Musical) and writers of the Book for Best Musical winner "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,
Distant cousin of Woody Allen.
Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume One, 1981-1985, pages 117-119. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998.
Biography in: Kurt Ganzl's "The Encyclopedia of the Musical Theatre". Pp. 276-277. New York: Shirmer Books, 2001. ISBN 0028649702.
Abe Burrows won the 1962 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the musical "How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying" collaborating with Frank Loesser.
Father-in-law of Debbie Easton and Peter Grad.
Ex-father-in-law of Linda Solomon.
Grandfather of Ellie Burrows and Nicholas Grad.

Personal Quotes (4)

Glamour: the indefinable something about a girl with a big bosom.
Doctoring seldom cures a show. The sickness usually starts at the moment the author puts the first sheet of paper into his typewriter. All the redirecting and recasting can never help much if the basic story is wrong.
[on Frank Loesser] He always could write songs. They burst out of him! How, or why or where? I don't know how you can ask that. What makes an artist, even a Van Gogh or whoever? The stuff was pouring out of him, It was always there. He read a lot, he asked questions a lot, he knew a lot. He was fascinated with words, the way I am.
When you're dealing with songwriters, I think you're dealing with the most intuitive kind of guys. None of them can explain where the hell their stuff is coming from. They're all a little nuts - and it comes out. See, everybody forgets that the purest example of abstract art in our world is music. Music gives you all of those things - love, hate, anger, fear - all of it in abstract form.

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