b. Mechal Saltpeter, 28 June 1892, New York City, New York, USA, d. 2 November 1978, New York City, New York, USA. Involved in theatre from his youth, Gordon was a producer on Broadway from the early 20s into the mid-50s. In his early years, Gordon sometimes co-produced with Albert Lewis (b. 15 March 1885, Poland, d. 5 April 1978, Beverly Hills, California, USA). The majority of Gordon’s shows, which began with The Nervous Wreck (1923), included Born Yesterday (1946), and ended with the hugely successful The Solid Gold Cadillac (1953) were not musicals. Gordon was, however, involved in several important musical productions, among which were some Broadway gems. These included: The Jazz Singer (1925, in collaboration with Lewis, which starred George Jessell and ran for 303 performances), Three’s A Crowd (1930, with music by Arthur Schwartz and lyrics by Howard Dietz), The Band Wagon (1931, 260 performances, starring Fred Astaire and Adele Astaire, Helen Broderick and Frank Morgan, with music by Schwartz and lyrics by Dietz), The Cat And The Fiddle (1931, with music by Jerome Kern and lyrics by Otto Harbach), Flying Colors (1932, songs by Schwartz and Dietz), Roberta (1932, 295 performances, with music and lyrics by Kern and Harbach), The Great Waltz (1934, and return engagement 1935, 298 and 49 performances, with music by Johann Strauss I, and II, and lyrics by Desmond Carter), Jubilee (1935, songs by Cole Porter), Sing Out The News (1938, songs by Harold J. Rome), Very Warm For May (1939, songs by Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II, the most notable of which was ‘All The Things You Are’), Sunny River (1941, songs by Sigmund Romberg and Hammerstein, including ‘Call It A Dream’ and ‘Along The Winding Road’), The Firebrand Of Florence (1945, songs by Kurt Weill and Ira Gershwin, which included ‘You’re Far Too Near Me’, ‘There’ll Be Live, Love and Laughter’ and ‘Love Is My Enemy’), Hollywood Pinafore (1945, a version of W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore, with revised lyrics by George S. Kaufman), and Park Avenue (1946, with songs by Schwartz and Gershwin). Gordon’s brother, Cliff Gordon (b. Morris Saltpeter, c.1879, d. 21 April 1913, Chicago, Illinois, USA), appeared in In New York Town (1905) and produced the musical The Merry Whirl (1910).
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