He wrote the book for the musical, "Timbuktu!," at the Hanna Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio with Bruce Hubbard and Eartha Kitt in the cast. Robert Wright and George Forrest wrote the music and lyrics.
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In 1954, won two Tony Awards with collaborator Charles Lederer
for "Kismet:" as Best Author (Musical) and as co-author of the book who, with several collaborators, contributed to the Best Musical win. He also received two other Tony nominations: in 1978, for Most Innovative Production of a Revival, as producer of "Timbuktu!;" and in 1990 as Best Book (Musical) for "Grand Hotel, The Musical."