THE SCREENING ROOM: Remembering the Music of Richard Adler (Video)

By Playbill Staff
June 22, 2012

Broadway songwriter Richard Adler, who delivered the hits "Hey There," "Steam Heat" and "Whatever Lola Wants" to Broadway – and the American Songbook – died June 21 at the age of 90.



Adler and his Pajama Game and Damn Yankees writing partner Jerry Ross were writing Broadway musicals at a time when Broadway songs regularly crossed over to radio and the catalogue of American standards.

Playbill has collected some favorite renditions of Adler and Ross' tunes.

Rosemary Clooney: "Hey There."

Kay Penton: "A New Town Is a Blue Town."

Patti Page: "Steam Heat."

Eartha Kitt: "Whatever Lola Wants."

Even the Muppets get in on "Two Lost Souls."

A double bill of "Two Lost Souls." First with Jaye P. Morgan and Perry Como, followed by Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme.

From the film of Pajama Game: "Steam Heat."

Gwen Verdon's "A Little Brains, A Little Talent."

A look at the 1967 television production of Damn Yankees with Fran Allison, Jerry Lanning and Ray Middleton.

Jane Morgan: "Heart."

Liza Minnelli and Tracy Everitt perform "Steam Heat" on the "Judy Garland Show Christmas Special."