David Shaw

David Shaw, who wrote extensively for the film, television and theatre, and who co-wrote the book for the Tony-winning musical Redhead, died July 27, 2007, in Beverly Hill, CA. He was 90. Mr. Shaw's collaborators on the Redhead libretto were Herbert Fields, Dorothy Fields and Sidney Sheldon. The Gwen Verdon vehicle ran 452 performances on Broadway beginning in 1959. Later, in 1963, he worked solo on the book to the musical Tovarich, a show about Russian royalty in exile which featured another major female star, Vivien Leigh. It ran 264 performances. Leigh won the 1963 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical. His only other Broadway credit was the short-lived They Should Have Stood in Bed, a 1942 play he wrote with Leo Rifkin and his boyhood friend, Frank Tarloff.

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  • Born: Aug 27, 1916 in Brooklyn, NY
  • Death: Jul 27, 2007 in Beverly Hills, California