The life and career of Broadway composer-lyricist Frank Loesser are preserved in a new website, frankloesser.com launched earlier this year by Jo Sullivan Loesser, John Loesser and Frank Loesser Enterprises.
The site contains an official biography, a list of Loesser's five major Broadway shows (Where's Charley? to How to Succeed in Business...) and film work ("The Perils of Pauline," "Hans Christian Andersen," "Red, Hot and Blue" and more), his war songs ("Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition"), a biography, family information, and sketches the writer used to pen during production meetings.
A link to Music Theatre International, which licenses Loesser shows, is also included. The Loesser shows available include Where's Charley?, Guys and Dolls, Greenwillow, The Most Happy Fella, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and the revues Perfectly Frank and Heart and Soul, plus a stage version of the film, "Hans Christian Andersen." He also wrote the quick 1965 flop, Pleasures and Palaces, his last complete show, which closed on the road before making it to Broadway.
Links are provided to buy CD's, books and sheet music related to Loesser work. Marie Mersinger designed the site.
Loesser won two Tony Awards for Best Musical (Guys and Dolls, How to Succeed...) and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama (How to Succeed), and penned some of American pop's most famous songs: "Baby, It's Cold Outside," "Lucky be a Lady," "If I Were a Bell," "I Believe in You," "Once in Love With Amy," "Standing on the Corner," and many more. Loesser died in 1969 at the age of 59. — By Kenneth Jones