Richard Lewine

Producer/composer

Emmy award-winning TV producer and Broadway composer Richard Lewine died May 19 in New York. He was 94.

He produced Barbra Streisand’s first TV special, 1965’s “My Name is Barbra,” for which he won an Emmy.

In 1957, as CBS’s V.P. in Charge of Color, Lewine produced Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” with Julie Andrews. He also produced “Aladdin” in 1958, with music by Cole Porter and three specials for CBS starring Noel Coward: “Together with Music,” “Blithe Spirit” and “This Happy Breed.”

He was also exec producer of CBS’s “The Young People’s Concerts” with Leonard Bernstein.

Later, as an independent producer, Lewine was responsible for the 1963 ABC music series, “Hootenanny.”

Some of his other TV producing credits include “The Dangerous Christmas of Red Riding Hood,” with Liza Minnelli and original music by Jule Styne, “On the Flipside” with Rick Nelson and original music by Burt Bacharach and “Rodgers & Hart Today” with Bobby Darin and the Supremes.

He was also involved with several Broadway shows, as either composer, producer or writer. He originated the idea for “Rodgers & Hart” in 1975, produced “Look to the Lillies” the same year, and wrote music for “The Girls Against the Boys” in 1959, “Make Mine Manhattan” in 1948, “Naughty Naught ’00” in 1939 and “The Fireman’s Flame” in 1937.

During the 1960s, Lewine also produced a documentary film, narrated by Richard Burton.

He was the co-author of three reference books on the American musical theater and the interim managing director of the Rodgers and Hammerstein office during the 1980s.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, a daughter, a son and four grandchildren.

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