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Leslie Bricusse

Leslie Bricusse
Born (1931-01-29) 29 January 1931
Origin London, England, UK
Occupation(s) Composer, lyricist, playwright
Years active 1952 to present

Leslie Bricusse (born 29 January 1931) is an English composer, lyricist, and playwright, most prominently working in musicals and also film theme songs.


  • Biography 1
  • Works 2
    • Musicals 2.1
    • Songs 2.2
    • Awards 2.3
    • Nominations 2.4
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Bricusse was educated at University College School in London and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. While at Cambridge University, he was Secretary of Footlights between 1952 and 1953 and Footlights President during the following year.[1] He currently lives in California in the United States, and he is married to actress Yvonne Romain. They have a son, Adam, born 4 April 1964.

In the 1960s and 1970s, Bricusse enjoyed a fruitful partnership with Anthony Newley. They wrote the musical Stop the World - I Want to Get Off (1961) which was successful in London and on Broadway, and was made into a (poorly received) film version in 1966.[2] Also in collaboration with Newley, Bricusse wrote The Roar of the Greasepaint—the Smell of the Crowd (1965) and Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971), based on the children's book by Roald Dahl, and for which they received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song Score. When he collaborated with Newley, the two men referred to themselves as the team of "Brickman and Newburg", with "Newburg" concentrating mainly on the music and "Brickman" on the lyrics. Ian Fraser often did their arrangements.

Working solely as a lyricist, he collaborated with composer Cyril Ornadel on Pickwick (1963), based on Charles Dickens' The Pickwick Papers, a successful vehicle for Harry Secombe. Later collaborators included Henry Mancini (Victor Victoria in 1982) and John Williams (Hook in 1991). As composer and lyricist he scored the successful film Doctor Dolittle (1967), for which he received an Academy Award for Best Original Song ("Talk to the Animals"), and the less-successful Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969).

It's a Living.

Pure Imagination: The World of Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse, devised and directed by Bruce Kimmel, opened at the Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice, California, on 7 December 2013.











  1. ^ "Official site". Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  2. ^ Stop the World' Listing"'". IMDb. 25 April 1966. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  3. ^ , Billboard, 1988"The Billboard Book of Number One Hits"Sammy Davis, Jr. information from . Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "Biography". Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "Stage productions". Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Internet Broadway database listing". Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  7. ^ "Film Scores". Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  8. ^ "Stage listing". Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  9. ^ BWW News Desk)."Wildhorn and Bricusse's 'CYRANO' Debuts at Tokyo's Nissay Theatre, Osaka Run, Tour to Follow", 18 May 2009
  10. ^ Jones, Kenneth. "A New "Candy Man": Tony Nominee Babatundé Will Be Sammy in New Musical", 29 July 2009
  11. ^ "Song catalog". Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  12. ^ a b c "Awards and nominations list". Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  13. ^ a b "Internet Movie database listing, Awards and niminations". IMDb. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 

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Cultural offices
Preceded by
Peter Firth
Footlights President
Succeeded by
Brian Marber
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