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DiedApril 8, 1974
SpouseSandy Stewart
FactDaughter: Katherine Charlap (adjunct prof at NYU).

Moose Charlap (born January 10, 1930) is an American composer and lyricist best known for his work on the Broadway musicals Peter Pan (1954), The Fantasticks (1960), and Barnum (1981).

Born in New York City, Charlap began his musical training at an early age. His father, Edward Charlap, was a pianist and composer, and his mother, Sylvia Rabinovitch, was a singer. Charlap’s sister, Judy, is also a composer. He studied piano with Abby Whiteside and composition with Leonard Bernstein at the Juilliard School.

Charlap’s first professional credit was the song “My Little Corner of the World” from the 1952 revue Two’s Company. He went on to contribute songs to several other revues and musicals, including Inside U.S.A. (1958) and High Spirits (1964). In 1960, he wrote the music and lyrics for The Fantasticks, which ran for more than 17,000 performances and is the longest-running musical in history.

Charlap’s other Broadway credits include Skyscraper (1965), I Do! I Do! (1966), and They’re Playing Our Song (1979). He also wrote the score for the 1981 film Pennies from Heaven, starring Steve Martin.

Charlap has been married three times: to actress Sheila MacRae from 1956 to 1967; to singer-songwriter Sandy Stewart from 1969 to 1981; and to actress-singer Barbara Cook from 1986 to present. He has three children: Jonathan, Jennifer, and Jamie.

Charlap’s music has been described as “melodic, tuneful, and accessible.” His best-known songs include “Too Many Mornings” from Follies (1971), “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” from The Robber Bridegroom (1976), and “With You” from Pippin (1972).

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DiedApril 8, 1974


SpouseSandy Stewart
ChildrenBill Charlap, Tom Charlap, Anne Charlap, I'm Flying, I've Gotta Crow, Pirate Song


AwardsDrama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical, Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Broadway Musical, I'm Flying, I've Gotta Crow, Pirate Song

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1Daughter: Anne Charlap (Environmental Engineer).
2Daughter: Katherine Charlap (adjunct prof at NYU).
3Son: Thomas Charlap (bass player).
4Father-in-law of Renee Rosnes.
5Father of Bill Charlap.



Peter Pan Live!2014TV Movie music: "Overture", "Tender Shepherd", "I Gotta Crow!", "I'm Flying", "Pirate March", "Pirate March" reprise, "Hook's Tango", "Hook's Tarantella", "I Won't Grow Up!", "When I Went Home", "I'm Flying Reprise", "I Gotta Crow Reprise", "Only Pretend/Tender Shepherd Reprise", "I Won't Grow Up Reprise"
21 Jump Street2012writer: "I've Gotta Crow" - as Mark Charlap
A Dirty Shame2004writer: "The Backwards Alphabet"
It Runs in the Family2003writer: "Here I Am in Love Again"
Human Nature2001music: "I've Gotta Crow" 1954 - as Mark Charlap
The 53rd Annual Tony Awards1999TV Special music: "I'm Flying"
Look Who's Talking Now1993writer: "I'm Flying" - as Mark Charlap
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1991TV Series music - 1 episode
Mork & Mindy1980TV Series music - 1 episode
Cry Uncle1971lyrics: "Cry Uncle Come With Me" / music: "Cry Uncle Come With Me"
Guess What We Learned in School Today?1970writer: "Guess What We Learned in School Today?"
Hans Brinker1969TV Movie lyrics: "Proper Manners", "When He/She Speaks", "Hymn to St. Nicholas" / music: "Proper Manners", "When He/She Speaks", "Hymn to St. Nicholas"
Alice Through the Looking Glass1966TV Movie "Alice Is Coming to Tea" Alicia viene a tomar el té., "Through the Looking Glass" opening & closing theme, "The Backwards Alphabet" El alfabeto al revés., "There Are two Sides to Everything", "Some Summer Day" Algún día de verano., "I Wasn't Meant to Be a Queen", "Keep on the Grass" Sigue en la hierba., "Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are", "The Jabberwock Song" La canción del Jabberwock., "Jabberwock Song" 2:00, "There Are two Sides to Everything" Hay dos lados para todo., "Keep on t
Peter Pan1960TV Special music: "Tender Shepherd", "I Gotta Crow", "I'm Flying", "Pirate Song", "Hook's Tango" A Princely Scheme, "Indians", "Hook's Tarantella" Another Princely Scheme, "I Won't Grow Up", "The Battle" instrumental
The Bob Hope Show1957TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show1957TV Series writer - 1 episode
Rhythm Inn1951music: "Past the Age of Innocence"


Peter Pan Live!2014TV Movie
Hans Brinker1969TV Movie
Alice Through the Looking Glass1966TV Movie
Producers' Showcase1955TV Series 2 episodes
The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse1954TV Series 1 episode

Music Department

Cry Uncle1971lyricist
Hans Brinker1969TV Movie lyrics: songs
Alice Through the Looking Glass1966TV Movie songwriter


That Was the Week That Was1964TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1963TV SeriesHimself - Guest

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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