Hardee, Lewis

Lewis J. Hardee, Jr., was elected to The Lambs in 1980 and is a member of the Montague Society. He served as Historian and Boy of the club. Hardee is the author of the definitive history of The Lambs.

Hardee served as the musical director of Wagner College Theater, Staten Island, New York. This followed a career in musical theatre, writing, composing, and conducting. He has said “My career was in New York, but my heart is in Southport, where it always has been, and will remain.”

A native of Southport, North Carolina, he graduated from Southport High School, Class of 1954, then attended the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill where he earned a B.A. in Radio, TV, Motion Pictures; an M.A. in Music in Musicology, then did post-graduate studies in composition at Columbia University. During 1960-62 he served with the U.S. Army as a Specialist with the Counter Intelligence Corps.

Hardee is a composer and author of musicals, including Revolution!, the outdoor musical drama produced in Southport in 1976 as part of the Bicentennial Celebration. Two musicals, The Little Prince and The Prince and the Pauper, have toured the United States. His historical writings include Three Summer Families, published in 1995 by the Southport Historical Society, and The Lambs Theatre Club, published 2006 by McFarland and Company.

A long-time member of The Lambs, he served as its historian for many years, as well as serving as the Vice-President of its Lambs Foundation. Today Hardee devotes his time to writing histories and biographies.

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