Luther Henderson

Luther Henderson, the musical director, arranger, orcestrator and composer who helped give the distinctive sound to such musicals as Funny Girl, Play On! and Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music, died July 29, 2003, after a long battle with cancer, according to colleagues in the theatre community. Mr. Henderson was 84. As dance arranger and/or orchestrator, Mr. Henderson's credits include Flower Drum Song, Do Re Mi, Hallelujah Baby and the revival of No, No, Nanette. He is the arranger of "Three Black Kings," composed by Duke Ellington, originally commissioned by the Dance Theatre of Harlem as Les Trois Rois Noirs.

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  • Also known as: Luther Henderson, Jr.
  • Born: Mar 14, 1919 in Kansas City, MO, USA
  • Death: Jul 29, 2003 in New York, NY, USA


Drama Desk Award
2003 Outstanding Orchestrations Little Ham Nominee
1992 Outstanding Orchestrations Jelly's Last Jam Winner
Tony Award
1997 Orchestrations Play On! Nominee
1992 Original Score Jelly's Last Jam Nominee