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American Musicals

Late Composer Frank Loesser Honored By American Theater Wing

The best of Broadway came together last night to honor a legend of the American musical theater. The late composer Frank Loesser was honored at the American Theater Wing’s Annual Spring Gala last night. Loesser is best known for composing music for shows including "Guys and Dolls" and "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying."

He won Tony Awards for both and a Pulitzer Prize for the latter. He also won an Oscar for the song "Baby, It's Cold Outside."

The tribute featured performances by Megan Mullally, Kelli O'Hara, and Harry Connick Junior.

"When I heard the name Frank Loesser, I was in,” said Connick Jr. “I mean, he's one of the greats of all time and I've sung his music for a long time."

Loesser passed away from cancer in 1969. His widow Jo was in attendance and received an award at last night's event.

Later this month would have marked Loesser's 100th birthday.