14 Facts About Clark Gesner


Clark Gesner was an American composer, songwriter, author, and actor.


Clark Gesner is best known for composing the musical You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, based on the Charles M Schulz comic strip Peanuts.


Clark Gesner attended high school in Plainfield, New Jersey, where he wrote and performed in theater productions.


Clark Gesner attended Princeton University and was a member of the Triangle Club, the university's theater group.


Clark Gesner found work in New York City as a writer and composer for the Captain Kangaroo in 1955 and Mister Mayor in 1964 television programs.


Clark Gesner later wrote for the shows Sesame Street and The Electric Company.


The Jello Is Always Red, a musical revue of cabaret songs with book, music and lyrics by Clark Gesner, was staged off-Broadway in New York in 1998 by The York Theatre Company.


Animal Fair, a show with book, music and lyrics by Clark Gesner, is a series of vignettes that depict everyday animals in human situations.


Some of Clark Gesner's well known compositions include "The Ivy League Look", a song for the Triangle Club, and "Little Known Facts", a musical number from You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.


Clark Gesner sang on the original concept album of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown as Linus van Pelt and sang with Barbara Minkus on four bonus tracks on the original cast recording of the Off-Broadway cast of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.


Clark Gesner wrote for NBC Experiment in Television in 1967, shortly before completing You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.


Clark Gesner then co-wrote the TV special Out to Lunch.


Clark Gesner wrote theater reviews for the local weekly, the Brooklyn Heights Press.


Clark Gesner died of a heart attack at age 64 on July 23,2002, in downtown New York City.