At the age of 18, Albert managed to escape Nazi Germany and
arrived in New York City. He was broke, alone and did not speak a word of
English. Who would have dreamed then that what lay ahead would be his
success as a successful composer on Broadway, including winning a Tony
Award (presented by Claudette Colbert) for the score of the Broadway musical
Albert's career continued to take many exciting paths. At the
age when most people think of retiring, Albert landed his first acting
job. It was a starring role, Professor Shorofsky, the music teacher
in the film
series "Fame," which ran internationally for seven
years, and continues in reruns today.
Along with Renée, his beautiful wife of forty-eight years, and longtime
artistic collaborator, they created and continue to perform a wonderful cabaret
act, Still Young and Foolish.
They delight audiences across the country and in Europe. Their cabaret
act was actually a catalyst for Albert's landing the role of Professor Shorofsky
of Albert's fondest accomplishments is having written the music for "How
The Grinch Stole Christmas
," the Dr. Seuss classic television special.
Dr. Seuss and Albert worked together on the songs. He remembers Dr. Seuss
didn't talk much during that time, but fortunately for him, Dr.
drew incessantly on a yellow pad of paper. Albert saved several
of the sketches, which are now framed and hanging in his home to this day.
an international holiday tradition for all for over three decades. (The
live action film starring Jim Carrey is coming out soon.)
his extraordinary career as a composer, actor, performer and humorist, Albert
is currently working on his autobiography, From Ellis Island to 'Fame'.
A lighthearted and entertaining look at the twists and turns his life has taken.
include humorous , and sometimes revealing, anecdotes of his experience and
shared adventures with such celebrities as Bette Davis, Bob Fosse, Gwen Verdon,
Barbara Streisand, Dr. Seuss, Lynn Redgrave, Jerome Robbins, Bruce Willis, Michael
Jordan, Debbie Allen, Sidney Sheldon, Katherine Hepburn, Allen Sherman
, and many more. He has often been described as a combination between
Victor Borge and John Houseman. The Hagues long-time friend, Lynn
, will write the Forward.
book is also a how-to guide for up-and-coming artists. Included are several
chapters on a series of classes Albert developed and taught on the "art
of the audition," and "how to get a job." His theories
are not just for the performer, but are applicable to any career. Albert
hopes the book will not only entertain and amuse you, but will give you some
fresh ideas for your own work.
Hagues live in Southern California. Their most satisfying performances have
been two wonderful grown-ups, their children, Janet and Andrew.