From irreverent hits like “Short People” in the 70s to an illustrious career in Hollywood film composing, Randy Newman’s music has woven its way into the fabric of American life. Most recently, he’s added to his acclaim with jazzy numbers in The Princess and the Frog, touching strains of Toy Story 1, 2 & 3, and the Oscar winning Best Original Song “If I Have You” from Monster’s Inc. Now, Newman is collaborating with four-time Tony winning director Jerry Zaks on a new musical production. Based on Newman’s music and lyrics, “Harps and Angels” will make its world premiere at the Mark Taper Forum this month. Newman joins Larry in studio to talk about this latest project and his prolific musical career. What’s your favorite Newman song?
Randy Newman, Oscar-winning singer, songwriter and composer