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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)
 1952 The Merry Widow (uncredited)
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 1949 Inside U.S.A. with Chevrolet (TV Series)

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Other Works:

Stage Play: Sunny River. Musical. Music by Sigmund Romberg. Book by Oscar Hammerstein II. Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Conducted by Jay Blackton [credited as Jacob Schwartzdorf] (earliest Broadway credit). Scenic Design by Stewart Chaney. Costume Design by Irene Sharaff. Supervised by John Murray Anderson. Choreographed by Carl Randall.... See more »

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Was twice nominated for Broadway's Tony Award as Best Conductor and Musical Director: in 1959 for "Redhead" and in 1963 for "Mr. President." See more »

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