The Carolyn Leigh Papers and sound recordings are held by New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and are divided into two groups: papers to the Billy Rose Theatre Collection; sound recordings to the Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound. Additionally, musical scores are located in the Music Division.
Acquisition: June Silver; See donor file Gift 198709
Biographical/historical: Carolyn Leigh, lyricist, was born 21 August 1926 in New York. She wrote lyrics for the Broadway shows PETER PAN, WILDCAT, HOW NOW DOW JONES, and LITTLE ME as well as for a tribute to labor commissioned by the United States Department of Labor entitled SOMETHING TO DO. She also wrote for television and numerous popular songs including "Young at Heart" and "Firefly". Among her principal collaborators were Cy Coleman, Mark 'Moose' Charlap, John Richards, Philip Springer, Elmer Bertstein, Morton Gould and Lee Pockriss. Ms. Leigh died in 1983 in New York and was inducted posthumously into the Song Writers' Hall of Fame in 1985.
Action: Cataloged 19920427 Billy Rose Theatre Collection MER