Carol Hall is an American lyricist, composer, and musician. Her classic musical The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas won two Drama Desk Awards for lyrics and music, received a Grammy nomination for its cast album, and ran on Broadway for almost five years. A national tour of Whorehouse ran for over a year and a half.
Hall also composes music for children's television. Her television credits include "Sesame Street", "Free to Be...You and Me" (Emmy Award), "Free to Be...A Family", "Thanks & Giving", "All Year Long". She also wrote for children's theatre, composing the music for Max and Ruby.
Other stage work includes Good Sports, A Christmas Memory, Paper Moon, Are We There Yet, To Whom It May Concern, A...My Name Is Alice, and The Days Are As Grass.
Carol is a Lifetime Member of the Board of the Dramatists Guild, and Vice-President of the Dramatists Guild Fund. She also is on the teaching staff of the International Cabaret Conference at Yale University, and is a moderator at the Playwrights/Directors Workshop at Actors’ Studio, NYC.
Lesley Gore was an American singer, songwriter, and actor. She was discovered at age 17 by Quincy Jones and was signed to Mercury Records. She soon released her first single "It's My Party", which reached Number One on the US charts. With Mercury Records, she also released hit songs "You Don't Own Me", "She's A Fool", "Maybe I Know", "That's the Way Boys Are", and "Sunshine, Lollipops, and Rainbows". In addition, she acted in several theatre productions and television shows including "Batman". During this time, she also attended Sarah Lawrence College, graduating in 1968 with a degree in English and American Literature.
In 1969, Gore was dropped from Mercury Records, which prompted her to explore songwriting. She released two albums of her original work with label MoWest, "Someplace Else Now" and Love Me By Name", released in 1972 and 1975, respectively. In 1979, she was nominated for an Academy Award for the song "Out Here On My Own" which she cowrote with her brother Michael Gore. That same year, her musical play "Sweet Main Street", was produced at Playwrights Horizons.
In the 1980's and 90's, Gore mostly performed in nightclubs and wrote songs for film. In 1995, she made a brief appearence on Broadway in Smokey Joe's Cafe.
In 2005, Gore released her first album in thirty years, "Ever Since". Songs from the album have been featured on tv progams including "CSI" and "The L Word".
Gore passed away on February 16, 2015 from lung cancer. She is survived by her partner of 33 years, Lois Sasson.