Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Original Music and Lyrics
The Sherman Brothers’ career as leading composer/lyricists in family entertainment spans almost 50 years and includes two Academy Awards Best Score and Best Song for Mary Poppins.
The work of the brothers Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman is currently enjoying a fresh chapter of success in musical theatre with sensational stage revivals of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Mary Poppins having recently played across the UK. Chitty originally opened in the West End in 2002, going on to become the longest-running musical ever to play the London Palladium, before playing Broadway and beyond, garnering huge international success. The stage production of Mary Poppins, co-produced by Disney and Cameron Mackintosh, opened to huge critical acclaim in London at the end of 2004, winning two coveted Olivier Awards, with the Broadway production running for six years. The Jungle Book, another huge Shermans/Disney favourite has also recently made the screen to stage transition, premiering at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago.
The Sherman Brothers gained recognition in popular music with several top-ten hits - among them ‘You’re Sixteen’, ‘Let’s Get Together’ and ‘Tall Paul’. 1960 marked the start of a phenomenal 10 year association with Walt Disney, during which time they composed over 150 songs for his films, TV shows, Disneyland and other theme parks. Their Disney credits include the films The Jungle Book, The Parent Trap, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, The Sword in the Stone, The Aristocats, The Happiest Millionaire, the Winnie the Pooh series, and of course Mary Poppins. They also wrote the most translated and performed song on earth, ‘It’s a Small World (After All)’.
They went on to compose song scores for Snoopy Come Home, Charlotte’s Web, the Broadway hit musical Over Here! and the ‘fantasmagorical’ Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - with its Oscar nominated title song.
The Sherman Brothers created screenplays and song scores for Tom Sawyer (their music won First Prize at the Moscow Film Festival) Huckleberry Finn, the 1976 Royal Film Performance The Slipper and the Rose (with co-author Bryan Forbes), and The Magic of Lassie which also earned them their 9th Academy Award nomination for Best Song. More recent credits include the book Walt’s Time - a wonderful autobiographical and pictorial journey through their song-writing years; the Disney hit animated feature The Tigger Movie, the stage Busker Alley starring Tommy Tune in the United States and Beverly Hills Cop 3.
In addition to their Oscars, other honours awarded to the Sherman Brothers include 3 Grammys, 24 Gold and Platinum Albums, as well as a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Robert Sherman died peacefully in London in March 2012.