His music has touched everyone and still does! You know the songs but who is he…
MR. BROADWAY is a story that has never been told about an American song writing genius with hundreds of songs to his credit, but where few know his name. One of the world’s most noted songwriters, Bob Merrill, had a knack for the novel and brilliance of words and music! This gift made his songs the kind that have stood the test of time, as you will discover.
The story begins with Bob’s childhood in Atlantic City and Philadelphia, and his eventual move, hitchhiking to New York City, at the age of 17, where he took a job putting up titles on movie marquees. After his foray into the theatrical world, he did his stint in the United States Army, eventually being discharged and made his way to Hollywood, California where he worked as an elocutionist coaching Hollywood actors on their diction and taking a number of acting jobs himself – a move that would eventually lead him to a career as a songwriter.
Fast forward to the late 1940’s… hanging out in New York City’s historic Brill Building pitching songs, eventually collaborating on one of his early hit songs, the 1950 novel hit “If I’d Known You Were Comin’, I’d ’ve Baked a Cake,” which was recorded by Eileen Barton, and the rest is history. This was just the beginning.
Bob’s story is the epitome of the American Dream… about a man who took a chance and on a hunch created hundreds of classic songs and made an impact on Broadway contributing to some of the most important theatrical productions cum classic films of all time. Admired by his contemporaries and the entertainment world’s “Inner Circle”, his fame publicly has been remise, perhaps because Bob Merrill – the humble giant, always put his music in the spotlight taking a back seat to his captivating and always memorable music creations. Can you imagine being able to garner so much musical success without being able to read or write music? Well Bob did it, using a toy xylophone, numbering the keys and transcribing the melody.
Bob Merrill has touched the lives of some of the entertainment world’s most noted stars who delivered his music to millions upon millions of music fans around the world. Some of these artists include Rosemary Clooney, Gerard Darmon, Frank Sinatra, Bette Midler, Perry Como, Barbra Streisand, Nat King Cole, Tom Jones, Guy Mitchell, Jimmie Rogers, Diana Ross, Patti Page, Liza Minnelli, Rod Steiger, Dean Martin, Carol Burnett, Lesley Anne Warren, Tony Curtis, Angela Lansbury, Mary Tyler Moore, Richard Chamberlain, Jackie Gleason, Walter Pigeon, Carol Channing and even Lady Gaga!
The documentary will feature archival material and interviews with some of the biggest artists from the music, film and theatrical world.
The anecdotal stories associated with his remarkably rise to success will amaze you. Here is just one of them:
Set in the 50’s, A child in the back seat of her Mother’s car is nagging her mother to hurry up as she waits impatiently in the car to go to her best friend’s Birthday party.
Child: Mom … what took you so long... You’re always making me wait…
Mother: We’re on our way so just relax (as she reaches to turn on the radio)
The hit song of the day by Patti Page begins to blare out from the radio as the mother sings along… (Looking back encouraging her daughter to sing along)
“How Much is That Doggie in the Window …
Child: Change the station I can’t stand that song… it’s awful… Mom, I don’t want my friends to see me listening to that …
Mother: “Oh Susan, it’s a beautiful song… it makes you feel happy… sing along…”
Child: “That song could never make me happy, it’s so yucky…
Some thirty years later the girl in the back seat of her mother’s car would marry Bob Merrill and he did make her happy…
Who could have known that someone who wrote some of the most inspiring and uplifting music ever written enjoying every moment in time would succumb to a tragic end. The man may be gone but his music will continue to live on forever!
The story will be narrated by his life partner Suzanne and will feature re-enactments of lifetime highlights and anecdotal memories.
The following is a sample of some of Bob’s memorable hit songs:
People, Mambo Italiano, How Much Is That Doggie In The Window, Funny (Not Much), Walkin’ In The Sunshine (of Your Love), Love Makes The World Go Round, Absent Minded Me, Belle Belle My Liberty Belle, Make Yourself Comfortable, Honeycomb, My Truly Truly Fair, Tina Marie, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, Funny Girl, Don’t Rain on my Parade, There’s Always Room At My House and the list goes on and on.
This is a story that must be told!
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Toronto at 1 (416) 291-4913 ext. 222 or Paris at 33 (0) 6 20 06 79 47