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McGough, Roger

Roger McGough was nominated for a Tony Award for his lyrics to the Broadway musical WIND IN THE WILLOWS. One of England's most popular and prolific poets, McGough was awarded an O.B.E by Queen Elizabeth in 1997 and a C.B.E. in 2005.

He has published 38 books and 16 of his stage plays have been produced, as well as numerous film, television and radio scripts.

McGough came to prominence in the 1960s as one of the Liverpool Poets. His early rock group, the Scaffold, with such hit songs as "Lily The Pink," was the chief contemporary rival of that other Liverpool group.

McGough performs his poetry throughout the world and has established a huge television audience with his works for children, including Sky in the Pie and The Great Smile Robbery. PBS introduced his poetry nationally in America in a program called Roger McGough and the Liverpool Lads, which starred Jim Dale.

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      In 1985, WIND IN THE WILLOWS - based on the classic children's story - opened on Broadway at the Nederlander Theatre.
      The birthday of British poet Rodger McGough, nominated for a Tony Award for his lyrics to the musical WIND AND THE WILLOWS. McGough was born in 1937.