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Luther Henderson (1919–2003)

He graduated from The Juilliard School of Music in New York City in 1942. He composed the orchestrations for the dance numbers for the original broadway production of "Flower Drum Song" which was composed by Jule Styne and Richard Rogers. He adapted the music of Fats Waller for the original broadway production of "Ain't Misbehavin'" and served as ... See full bio »

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Known For

The Polly Bergen Show
The Polly Bergen Show Music Department
Quartet Soundtrack
The Slams
The Slams Composer
Ain't Misbehavin'
Ain't Misbehavin' Music Department


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 2000 Great Performances (TV Series) (orchestrator - 1 episode)
- Play On! (2000) ... (orchestrator)
 1983 The Miss Teen USA Pageant (TV Special) (musical director)
 1982 Ain't Misbehavin' (TV Movie) (music arranger) / (musical director) / (orchestrator)
 1973 Duke Ellington... We Love You Madly (TV Special) (musical arranger)
 1960 Summer in New York (TV Movie) (composer: "Purple Goatee" ballet music) / (musical director)
  The Polly Bergen Show (TV Series) (musical director - 17 episodes, 1957 - 1958) (musical supervision - 1 episode, 1958)
- Episode #1.18 (1958) ... (musical director)
- Episode #1.16 (1958) ... (musical director)
- Episode #1.15 (1958) ... (musical director)
- Episode #1.14 (1958) ... (musical director) / (musical supervision - as Luther Henderson Jr.)
- Episode #1.13 (1958) ... (musical director)
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 2004 Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson (Documentary) (writer: "High Society")
  Great Performances (TV Series) (1 episode, 2004) (performer - 1 episode, 1999)
- Broadway's Lost Treasures II (2004) ... ("That's How You Jazz")
- My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies (1999) ... (performer: "Ain't Misbehavin' / Mean to Me")
 1992 The 46th Annual Tony Awards (TV Special) (music: "That's How You Jazz")
 1981 Quartet (arranger: "The 509", "Full Time Lover")
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 1982 Ain't Misbehavin' (TV Movie)
The Piano Player
 1970 Time for Joya! (TV Series)
The Professor
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 1973 The Slams
 1969 Recess
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 1992-1999 Great Performances (TV Series)
 1997 The 51st Annual Tony Awards (TV Special)
Himself - Nominee
 1996 American Masters (TV Series documentary)
- Lena Horne: In Her Own Voice (1996) ... Himself
 1992 Working in the Theatre (TV Series documentary)
- Playwright & Director (1992) ... Himself
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He has composed and/or written musical arrangements for nearly two dozen Broadway musicals, included in that number are "No, No, Nanette", "Purlie", "Hallelujah Baby", "Flower Drum Song", "Funny Girl", "That's Entertainment", "Do Re Mi", "Jelly's Last Jam", "Play On!", and "Rodgers and Hart". See more »

Alternate Names:

Luther Henderson Jr.

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Luther Lincoln Henderson III, 2nd child See more »


Noted for his wearing of skipper's caps; and he always sported a goatee

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