Foreword to "Frank Loesser" by Tomas L. Riis
"Perhaps best remembered as the writer and composer of the ever-popular Guys and Dolls and the Pulitzer Prize-winning How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Frank Loesser was one of the great songwriters of the twentieth century. Lyricist of more than seven hundred songs - among them such cherished favorites as "Baby, It's Cold Outside," "Once in Love with Amy," and "I Believe in You" - his work has received both Tony and Academy awards. Here Thomas L. Riis, in an informed discussion of Loesser's life and musical career, presents a critical look at one of the most important - though often overshadowed - Broadway composers." "Loesser was a major figure during the Broadway golden age that included Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Loewe, and Bernstein. Riis traces Loesser's early career as a Hollywood songwriter and a noted contributor to the war effort. He discusses in depth each of Loesser's musicals and provides a look at the legacy of a man admired as a mentor who inspired dozens of assistants, proteges, young songwriters, novice singer-actors, and aspiring producers. This book offers a look at Loesser's life along with an examination of the totality of his works."--BOOK JACKET.
Block, Geoffrey. Foreword to Frank Loesser by Tomas L. Riis. Yale Broadway Masters, General Editor, Geoffrey Block (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008).