Six 33-cent Broadway Songwriters commemorative stamps were issued in New York, New York, on September 21, 1999. The stamps were designed by Howard Paine of Delaplane, Virginia, and illustrated by Drew Struzan of Pasadena, California.
The Legends of American Music Series pays tribute to the diversity of music in this country by honoring composers and lyricists whose music dominated Broadway from the 1920s through the 1950s. This series of six stamps honors the composer-lyricist teams of Ira and George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, and Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, and individual songwriters Lorenz Hart, Frank Loesser, and Meredith Willson. Blending American music (jazz, ragtime, and swing) with American themes, these talented men produced exciting musical scores, songs, and lyrics that are still enjoyed in America and throughout the world.
42.5 million stamps were printed by Sterling Sommer in the offset process.
Postal Bulletin (August 12, 1999).