About Al Kasha

Composer / Writer / Producer / Speaker
E-mail: Kasha1AC@aol.com
Website: www.AlKasha.com

Al Kasha has won awards and acclaim as a composer, writer and producer in every musical medium — motion pictures, records, television and theater. Mr. Kasha has had hit records in every decade, from the 1960’s to today.

Recently Mr. Kasha was awarded the prestigious Robert A. Briner Impact Award for Lifetime Achievement for Excellence in Media from the Torrey Honors Institute of Biola University.

Mr. Kasha’s beloved live action/animated classic PETE’S DRAGON, the Disney Gold Classic Edition, was just re-released August 18, 2009, and is enchanting a whole new generation of the young and young at heart.

Currently, Mr. Kasha is writing a staged theatrical musical with David Foster, a 14 Grammy Award winner, as well as a Broadway musical with Donna Summer, based on her life story, entitled ORDINARY GIRL.

As two-time Tony Nominees, Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn continue to enjoy the triumphant run of their musical, SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS, which won a 2005 Connecticut Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical. SEVEN BRIDES also was voted the 3rd most favorite musical in a 2005 BBC poll.

They wrote the international standard, “THE OLD FASHIONED WAY,” with Charles Aznavour, one of the many successful songs they collaborated on with Aznavour. This material will be featured in “THE LIFE OF CHARLES AZNAVOUR,” slated for the West End and produced by Mike Merrick.

Recently Mr. Kasha received the ASCAP COUNTRY AWARD for his top hit, “STREETS OF HEAVEN” sung by SHERRIE AUSTIN.

His latest recording by DONNA SUMMER “I’M A FIRE” has received the #1 Billboard Dance Chart and is currently #1 on the World Dance Charts.

Two-Time Academy Award Winner
Best Song – “The Morning After” From “Poseidon Adventure” (20th Century Fox)
Best Song – “We May Never Love Like This Again” From “The Towering Inferno” (Fox/Warner Bros.)

Other Academy Award Nominations
Best Song Score – “Pete’s Dragon” Disney (Live Action Animation)
Best Song – “Candle On the Water” From “Pete’s Dragon” (Disney)

Broadway Tony Nominations
Best Score – “Seven Brides For Seven Brothers” Nederlander/Kasha Prods.
Best Score – “Copperfield” Merrick/Gregory/Kasha Prods.

Four Golden Globe Nominations
Best Song – “The Morning After” From “Poseidon Adventure” (20th Century Fox)
Best Song – “We May Never Love Like This Again” From “The Towering Inferno” (Fox/Warner Bros.)
Best Song – “I’d Like To Be You For A Day” From “Freaky Friday” (Disney)
Best Song Score – “Pete’s Dragon” Disney (Live Action Animation)

People’s Choice Award
Best Song – “We May Never Love Like This Again” From “The Towering Inferno” (Fox/Warner Bros.)

Angel Awards
Best Animated Special – “The Kingdom Chums” ABC
Best Original Score – “China Cry” TBN
Best Book – “Reaching The Morning After” Nelson
1991 Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award

Grammy Nominations
Best Song – “The Morning After” From “Poseidon Adventure” (20th Century Fox)
Best Vocal Arrangement – “Go Away Little Girl” CBS Records

Dramalogue Award
Best Musical – “Seven Brides For Seven Brothers” Nederlander/Kasha Prods.

Fennecus Award
Best Song/Score – “All Dogs Go To Heaven” Sullivan/Bluth/UA/Goldcrest

2005 Connecticut Critics Circle Award
Outstanding Production of a Musical – “Seven Brides For Seven Brothers”

Feature Films
“Freaky Friday” (New Version) Walt Disney Productions
“Rugrats Go Wild” (Animated Movie) Paramount Pictures
“Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer” (Animated Musical) Good Times Movies & Video
“Eyes Wide Shut” Warner Brothers Pictures
“Fire Down Below” Warner Brothers Pictures
“The Ice Storm” Twentieth Century Fox
“All Dogs Go To Heaven” (Animated Movie) Sullivan/Bluth/UA/Goldcrest
“Let It Be Me” Savoy Pictures
“Goldilocks & The Three Bears” Santa Monica Pictures
“Rescue Me” Canon/Warner Brothers
“Giant of Thunder Mountain” New Generation Entertainment/Castle Hill
“China Cry” Warner Bros. Picture Release
“The Closer” Ion Pictures
“Huck’s Landing” Rick Reinert Pictures
“Prime Time” Ion Pictures
“The Towering Inferno” Warner Bros./20th Century Fox
“The Poseidon Adventure” 20th Century Fox
“Pete’s Dragon” (Live Action-Animation) Walt Disney Productions
“Freaky Friday” Walt Disney Productions
“Hot Lead & Cold Feet” Walt Disney Productions
“North Avenue Irregulars” Walt Disney Productions
“The April Fools” Cinema Center
“Slums of Beverly Hills” 20th Century Fox
“Grasshopper” * National General
“The Cheyenne Social Club” National General
“The Earthlings” Orion Pictures
“Lovelines” *Tri-Star
“Tomboy” Crown International
“Le Bal” Epic
“Take This Job & Shove It” * Embassy
“Sing” (The Life of Australian Johnny O’Keefe)Alliance
“Ten Little Indians” 20th Century Fox
“Killer Force” * 20th Century Fox
“The Dream Chasers” * Pacific International
“Speedway”MGM
“Who Killed Teddy Bear” *United Artists
“The Fat Spy” United Artists
“The Todd Killings” * Nova
“Wyoming Magic” Horizon Pictures
“Gidget Goes To Rome” Columbia
“Dangerous Curves” Vestron
*Denotes Musical Supervisor and Soundtrack Producer

Television Series
“Popstars” WB Network
“2-Gether” Series MTV Productions
“Beyond Belief” (main title theme/scoring) Dick Clark Productions
“The Simpsons” Twentieth Century Fox
“It Takes Two” (main title theme/scoring) The Family Channel
“Shopping Spree”(main title theme/scoring) The Family Channel
“Shop Til You Drop” (main title theme/scoring) The Family Channel
“A Toucan-Can” (main title theme/scoring/song score)
“Kelloggs” (Animated Special)
“The Challengers” (main title theme/scoring) Dick Clark/Buena Vista
“Dick Clark’s Golden Greats” (main title theme/scoring) Dick Clark/Buena Vista
“Getting In Touch” (The David Viscott Show) Dick Clark/Access Productions
“First In Ten” (scoring/songs) Kushner/Locke
“Heroes Made In The U.S.A.” (main title theme/scoring) Kushner/Locke
“Knots Landing” (scoring) Lorimar

Television Features
“Christmas Everyday” (Movie of the Week) The Family Channel Pictures
“Santa The Village Toymaker” (Animated) The Family Channel Pictures
“David Copperfield’s Christmas” (Prime-time Anim. Special) NBC/Astral Communications
“1993 U.S.A. Music Challenge” Dick Clark Productions/Taco Bell/Pepsi
“The Magic Paintbrush” (CBS Anim. Special) Marvel Productions/McDonalds
“1992 U.S.A. Music Challenge” Dick Clark Productions/Taco Bell/Pepsi
“The Littlest Tree” (Animated Special) Northstar Entertainment
“Precious Moments” (CBS Animated Special) Hallmark/Landmark
“Ozma of Oz” Lorimar/Kushner-Locke
“Caddie Woodlawn” Disney/Wonderworks/Churchill
“The Ultimate Stuntman (The Dar Robinson Story)” ABC/GRB
“The Kingdom Chums — The Original Top Ten” ABC (Prime Time Animated Special)
“Trapped Beneath The Sea” ABC/Capra Productions
“Someone I Touched” ABC/Fries Entertainment
“The Unemployables” NBC/Waller Enterprises
“No Earthly Reason” CBN/Peter Engel Productions
“Sergeant T.K. Yu” NBC/Hanna Barbera
“Mission U.S.A.” CBN
“America You’re Too Young To Die” Syndicated/De Moss Productions

Television Themes
“Shopping Spree Theme”The Family Channel
“Wait Til You Have Kids Theme” The Family Channel
“The Family Channel Logo Theme” The Family Channel
“The MTM Logo Theme” MTM
“The Family Channel Pictures Theme” The Family Channel
“Morton’s By The Bay” (The Nell Carter Show)NBC/Weintraub
“The Kingdom Chums” ABC (Animated Musical Special)
“Three’s A Crowd” ABC/John Ritter/Taffner
“Kids Inc.” Disney
“The New Mickey Mouse Club” Disney
“Aznavour & Minnelli – From A to Z” ABC/Wolper
“Having Babies” ABC/Phoenix Productions
“Joanie Loves Chachi” ABC/Paramount
“Two Guys From Muck” NBC/Lorimar/Filerman
“Runaway Barge” ABC/Lorimar
“Another April” CBS
“Old Faithful” ABC/Winter & Rosen
“Rosenthal & Jones” NBC

Commercials Broadway Theatre
Used People (Largo Films) “Seven Brides For Seven Brothers” *
Mattel/Disney Toys “Copperfield” *
The American Dream “Charles Aznavour’s One Man Show”
Linzer “Folies Bergere”
Lloyd’s Bank “The Toller Cranston Show”
American City Bank “Ordinary Girl” – Starring Donna Summer
Power of Living
Tinderbox

* Tony Nominees

Independent Producer – Al Kasha
“Santa The Village Toymaker” The Family Channel Pictures
“Take This Job and Shove It” Embassy Motion Pictures
“Seven Brides For Seven Brothers” Broadway Musical/National Tour
“Copperfield” Broadway Musical/National Tour
“Can Can” by Cole Porter * Tropicana Hotel/Atlantic City
“Let The Good Times Roll” * Tropicana Hotel/Las Vegas Revue National Co.

*Directed by Al Kasha

ARTISTS WHO HAVE RECORDED AL KASHA SONGS
2-Gether
Susie Allanson
Peter Allen
Nancy Ames
The Arbors
Fred Astaire
Patti Austin
Sherrie Austin
Charles Aznavour
Scott Baio
Hank Ballard
The Baronettes
Linsey Bartilson
Shirley Bassey
Jodi Benson
Robbie Benson
Debby Boone
Clint Black
The Brooklyn Bridge
The Bugaloos
George Burns
The Burrito Brothers
Carmen
Vicki Carr
Andrea Carroll
Nell Carter
Johnny Cash
Irene Cara
The Chamber Brothers
Chicago Loop
Tony Christie
Jimmy Clanton
Petula Clark
David Allan Coe
Tony Conigliaro
Ray Conniff
Floyd Cramer
King Curtis
Lacy J. Dalton
Rodney Dangerfield
Bobby Darin
James Darren
Sammy Davis Jr.
Neil Diamond
Ernie K. Doe
Ronnie Dove
Sheana Easton
Eden’s Crush of Pop Stars
Mama Cass Elliott
The Exiles
Cristina Ferrare
Henry Fonda
The Four Evers
The Four Seasons
The Four Tops
Aretha Franklin
Carolyn Franklin
Erma Franklin
Freddie and the Dreamers
The Glories
Whoopi Goldberg
John Goodman
Leslie Gore
Eydie Gorme
Buddy Greco
Robert Guillame
Roy Hamilton
David Hasselhoff
The Hardy Boys
Brian Hyland
Eric Idle
It’s a Beautiful Day
James Ingram
Freddie Jackson
Etta James
Jay & The Americans
Robert John
Jack Jones
Billy J. Kramer
Steve Lawrence
Kelly LeBrock
Cloris Leachman
Peggy Lee
Julian Lennon
Tommy Leonetti
The Letterman
Liberace
Debby Lytton Lloyd
Jesse Lopez
Trini Lopez
Arvie Lowe Jr.
Taj Mahal
Melissa Manchester
Howie Mandel
Joseph Marcel
Andrea Martin
Al Martino
Tobin Matthews
Marilyn McCoo
Maureen McGovern
Clyde McPhatter
Bill Medley
Mary Miller
Liza Minelli
Taylor Momsen
Dean Morgan
Gary Morris
Tahj Mowry
Ron Murphy
Myra
Johnny Nash
Peter Nero
Wayne Newton
Daniel O’Donnell
Johnny O’Keefe
Annette O’Toole
Roy Orbison
Donny Osmond
Marie Osmond
Peppermint Trollie Co.
Peters & Lee
Bobby Peterson
D.D. Phillips
Plant Life
Elvis Presley
Peppermint Rainbow
The Pointer Sisters
Raven
The Razor’s Edge
Helen Reddy
Debbie Reynolds
Charlie Rich
Tommy Roe
Johnny Rodrigues
Leon Russell
Russell Brothers
Mitch Ryder
Helen Shapiro
Ashlee Simpson
Frank Sinatra
Nancy Sinatra
Connie Stevens
Jimmy Stewart
The Sprites
Donna Summer
Johnny Tillotson
Moses Tyson
Leslie Uggams
Frankie Valli
The Ventures
Adam Wade
Jennifer Warnes
Dinah Washington
Maurice White
May Whitman
The Whitneys
The Wild Ones
Roger Williams
Jackie Wilson
Camille Winbush
Edgar Winter
Chuck Woolery
Michael York

Al Kasha Family Entertainment Awards

“Pete’s Dragon” Disney Motion Picture
Academy Award Nominee
Best Song Score (1978)
Best Song “Candle on the Water” (1978)

“China Cry”TBN Motion Picture
Angel Award – Best Original Score (1995 – 1996)

“Magic Paintbrush”Marvel – CBS
Parent’s Magazine Best Animated Children’s Special

“Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” Broadway Stage Musical
Dramalogue Award Winner (1987)
Tony Nominee (1988)

“Copperfield” Broadway Stage Musical
Tony Nominee – Best Score (1992 – 1993)

“Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield” NBC Christmas Special
First ever 2-hour animated prime-time program.

“All Dogs Go To Heaven” UA/MGM Motion Picture
Billboard Magazine – Number 1 Selling Video (1992)

“Kingdom Chums — Original Top Ten” ABC Easter Special
Film Advisory Award (1992)
Angel Award – Best Animated Special (1992)

“Precious Moments” NBC Prime-time Animated Special

“Reaching the Morning After” Nelson Publications
Angel Award – Best Book (1988 – 1989)
Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award (1991)

“America, You’re Too Young To Die” DeMoss Foundation
T.V. Syndication (1987)

“Freaky Friday” Disney Motion Picture
Golden Globe Nomination
Best Song “I’d Like To Be You For a Day” (1981)

“Missions U.S.A.” Baptist Mission Board

“Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” Goodtimes Motion Picture
Award of Special Merit from Southern CA Motion Picture Council Score (1999)

“A Perfect Life: The Story of Al Kasha” Jewish Voice Ministries
Telle Award Best Life Story Video (2002)