Composer Albert Hague dies at 81
November 16, 2001


Broadway composer Albert Hague, who won a Tony for his work on "Redhead" and who played the part of cranky music teacher Benjamin Shorofsky in the "Fame" movie and television series, died Nov. 12 in Inglewood, Calif. He was 81.

He wrote music for many Broadway shows, including "The Fig Leaves Are Falling," "Plain and Fancy," Cafe Crown" and "Miss Moffat," which starred Bette Davis. He won his Tony in 1959. He also wrote the music for the animated TV classic "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and appeared in a number of movies, including the Michael Jordan/Bugs Bunny comedy "Space Jam," in which he played a psychiatrist.

His TV acting credits included guest appearances on such shows as "Hotel," "Beauty and the Beast" and "Tales From the Dark Side."

Born Albert Marcuse in Berlin, Hague fled his native Germany for Rome with his mother in 1937 after the Nazis came to power. He eventually settled in the United States, where he studied music at the U. of Cincinnati and was adopted by Dr. Elliott B. Hague, an eye surgeon.

He met his wife, actress Renee Orin Hague, while working on a musical in Cleveland in 1948. The actress, who appeared in several of her husband's musicals, died last year.

In recent years, the couple had a successful cabaret act, appearing at Carnegie Hall two years ago.