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Barer, Marshall

Marshall Barer, the legendary and yet somehow obscure lyricist, was born in 1923 in Astoria, Queens. While enjoying a successful career as an artist and designer, he met and thereafter collaborated with Dean Fuller for Broadway, television and nightclub performers, culminating on Broadway in 1957 with his greatest success, Once Upon A Mattress, with music written by his close friend, Mary Rodgers. He went on to write with many other composers, including Duke Ellington, Burton Lane, Hugh Martin, David Raksin, Kurt Weill, Hoagy Carmichael, David Shire, Alec Wilder and in later years, William Roy, David Ross, Michele Brourman, Joseph Thalken and Michael Feinstein, who is considered the keeper of Marshall’s flame. His most recognized song is the “Mighty Mouse Theme (Here I Come to Save the Day).”  Marshall died in 1998 in Santa Fe.

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    In 1960 ONCE UPON A MATTRESS closed on Broadway after 244 performances, not including its off-Broadway run.
    In 1959 ONCE UPON A MATTRESS opens off-Broadway at the Phoenix Theatre before moving to Broadway for 460 performances at four different theaters. Based on the story of "The Princess and the Pea,"" it is nominated for the Tony Award for Best Musical in 1960, with music by Mary Rodgers, lyrics by Marshall Barer, and book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, and Marshall Barer."
    The birthday of Marshall Barer, lyricist and book writer for ONCE UPON A MATTRESS.