Friday, June 3, 2005

It’s Still A ‘Mary’ Time For Songwriting Sherman Brothers

LONDON (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – It’s been more than 40 years since songwriters Richard and Robert Sherman composed the music for Mary Poppins but things are just as merry – in more ways than one.

The brothers – who wrote hits like “Chim Chim Cheree” and “You’re Sixteen” – will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame on June 9 and, naturally, they feel “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” about the honor.

But while the award honors their career, there’s no plans for a retirement party. Not only are the Sherman brothers bringing Mary Poppins to Broadway next year but a stage version of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, which they also wrote music for, is currently a big hit in London.

However, the project closest to Robert’s heart has nothing to do with music. During World War II, he personally led the very first American troops into the Dachau Concentration Camp and has finally written about it in an autobiographical novel called Moose.

Don’t expect the book to become a musical because Robert insists, “You don’t think about music during a war. You’re focused on fighting.”

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