NEW YORK' S HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER
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While most people would recognize Albert Hague as lovable Prof. Shorofsky - the white-haired music teacher in both the film and TV versions of "Fame"- old-time theatergoers knew him much earlier as a composer of Broadway musicals.
His "Redhead," which starred Gwen Verdon in 1959, won nine Tony Awards, including best musical and best score. "Young and Foolish," the most popular song from his previous hit, "Plain and Fancy," has lent its name to a charming cabaret act that Hague is currently performing with his wife, Renée Orin.
"Still Young and Foolish," with Hague at the piano and Orin up front doing vocals, show that these endearing, stalwart pros known how to toss off a song, as well as an anecdote.
Hague recounts how, before fleeing to the U.S. in 1939, he grew up in "a tough neighborhood": Nazi Germany. As he explains his initiation in New York, " If you want a losing proposition, you try to sell songs in Tin Pan Alley right after World War II with a German accent."
Though Orin's tone is not as mellifluous as it once was, she has an engaging and expressive voice. She also adopts a delightful cockney accent for a couple of numbers from "Redhead."
Considering the variety of illustrations people Hague has worked with - including Langston Hughes, Barbara Cook, Dorothy Fields, Bette Davis, Joshua Logan, Bob Fosse and Dr. Seuss - one only wishes he would give us more stories from his 50-year career.
But for a look at a bygone Broadway that suddenly seems even longer ago and further away as we approach the millennium, you should catch the final performance of "Still Young and Foolish" at Eighty Eight's (128 W. 10th St.) tomorrow at 8 p.m.