Albert Hague, composer

Albert Hague (born Albert Marcuse; October 13, 1920 – November 12, 2001) was a German-American composer, songwriter, and actor. He is best known for his work in musical theatre and his contributions to television.

Hague’s most famous work is the music he composed for the musical “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” which was based on the Dr. Seuss book of the same name. The musical adaptation was first presented as a television special in 1966, featuring the iconic song “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.”

In addition to his work on “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!,” Albert Hague also composed music for other musicals, films, and television shows. He won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his performance in the musical “Redhead” in 1959. He also composed the music for the Broadway musical “Plain and Fancy” in 1955.

Hague did some acting, most notably on the TV series Fame, where he played Benjamin Shorofsky, the music teacher. He also played a small role in the movie Space Jam (1996), as the psychiatrist.

Hague’s contributions to the entertainment industry spanned several decades. His work continues to be celebrated, particularly during the holiday season when “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” is widely enjoyed by audiences of all ages.

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