b. 21 July 1918, New York City, New York, USA, d. 20 October 1977, USA. Horwitt’s first Broadway credit was as one of the contributors to the very successful Pins And Needles, a revue with music and lyrics by Harold Rome, that opened on 27 November 1937, eventually closing on 22 June 1940. Horwitt wrote lyrics for the musical Are You With It? and contributed sketches to the revue Call Me Mister (both 1946). He wrote the book and lyrics for Make Mine Manhattan (1948), which had music by Richard Lewine. This show, which ran at the Broadhurst Theatre for 429 performances, featured Sid Caesar in his Broadway debut. Horwitt wrote sketches for Inside U.S.A. (1948) and Two’s Company (1952) and then had a considerable success with Plain And Fancy. For this show, which opened on 27 January 1955, Horwitt’s lyrics, with Albert Hague’s music, provided many notable moments. These included ‘This Is All Very New To Me’, ‘I’ll Show Him’, ‘Why Not Katie?’ (all sung by Barbara Cook), ‘City Mouse, Country Mouse’ (sung by Nancy Andrews), and ‘Follow Your Heart’ (sung by Cook and David Daniels). The most lasting song from Plain And Fancy is ‘Young And Foolish’, sung originally by Daniels and Gloria Marlowe, and thereafter by many leading recording artists. The show ran for 461 performances and had a run in London’s West End. The show was not revived but did benefit from an original cast recording by Capitol Records, reissued on CD by DRG Records. Horwitt also wrote sketches and lyrics for The Girls Against The Boys (1959) and some of his songs were used in Elaine Stritch’s one-woman show, At Liberty (2002).
Horwitt also wrote for television, including 60s series such as McHale’s Navy, The Farmer’s Daughter, The Patty Duke Show, The Flying Nun and Love, American Style. In the 70s he worked on One Day At A Time and provided the story for 1970’s The Old Man Who Cried Wolf.