August 26, 2006

Happy Birthday to Marshall Brickman!

August 26th, 2006

Jersey Boys Blog wishes Jersey Boys co-writer Marshall Brickman a Happy Belated Birthday! Marshall celebrated his 65th birthday yesterday.

Brickman was born in Brazil to American parents. While still in his teens, Brickman was a member of the Tarriers, a group which also included future actor Alan Arkin. He paid his way through college as a folksinger and graduated with a degree in music from the University of Wisconsin. After college, Brickman hung around the New York folk scene, playing for free in Washington Square Park on weekends.

Brickman also took a number of showbiz jobs: he penned special material for “Candid Camera,” then he won an Emmy for his work on the “Dick Cavett Show.” Through Cavett, Brickman became acquainted with Woody Allen. In the 1970s, Brickman would collaborate on the scripts of some of Allen’s best films, including “Sleeper” and “Manhattan.” In 1977, Brickman and Allen shared an Oscar for the screenplay of “Annie Hall.”

Following the success of Jersey Boys, Brickman and co-writer Rick Elice are currently working on several projects, including a musicalization of the old Spencer Tracy movie “Father of the Bride”

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