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Jay Blackton (1909–1994)

Composer, conductor, pianist and arranger who gave his first piano concerto at the Brooklyn Academy of Music at age 12. He conducted the New York Opera Comique, the Federal Grand Opera Project and the Federal Gilbert and Sullivan Project, the St. Louis Municipal Opera, and the Delaware Philharmonic. He directed the music for the Broadway ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

Known For

Oklahoma! Music Department
Guys and Dolls Music Department
The Merry Widow Music Department
Shangri-La Music Department


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 1967 Androcles and the Lion (TV Movie) (conductor)
 1960 Shangri-La (TV Movie) (conductor)
 1955 Guys and Dolls (conductor) / (music supervisor)
 1955 Oklahoma! (music conducted by) / (music supervised by)
 1952 The Merry Widow (musical director)
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 1980 Snow White Live (TV Movie)
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 1949 Inside U.S.A. with Chevrolet (TV Series)

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Stage Play: By the Beautiful Sea. Musical comedy. Music by Arthur Schwartz. Book by Herbert Fields [final Broadway credit during lifetime] and Dorothy Fields. Lyrics by Dorothy Fields. Musical Director: Jay Blackton. Music orchestrated by Robert Russell Bennett. Vocal arrangements by Jay Blackton. Assistant to Mr. Blackton: Morton Kahn. ... See more »

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He conducted the orchestra for three major productions of "Oklahoma!"--the original 1943 Broadway stage version, the 1955 film version, and the 1979 Broadway revival. Each of these three versions featured orchestrations by Robert Russell Bennett (slightly revised and expanded for large orchestra in the film). The 1979 Broadway revival cast album, which used the original 1943 orchestrations, is ... See more »

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