Gary Geld (born October 18, 1935, Paterson, New Jersey)[1] is an American composer known for his work creating musicals and popular songs with his lyricist partner Peter Udell.

Raised in Clifton, New Jersey, Geld graduated from Clifton High School, where he won a songwriting competition.[2] A graduate of New York University, Geld composed the music to the popular songs "Sealed With A Kiss", "Save Your Heart for Me" and "Hurting Each Other" with Udell as lyricist. Geld and Udell co-created the Broadway musicals Purlie (1970, a nominee for the Tony Award for Best Musical), Shenandoah (1975), and Angel (1978).

His music for Shenandoah was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Original Score in 1975. Geld and Udell also contributed songs to the musical dance revue American Dance Machine (1978).[3]


  1. ^ Thomas S. Hischak (2008). "Gary Geld". The Oxford companion to the American musical : theatre, film, and television. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780195335330.
  2. ^ Greatorex, Susan."Clifton's Geld makes beautiful music on Broadway", Herald News, May 29, 1975. Accessed October 8, 2022, via "Broadway owes Clifton High School a note of thanks. On second thought, make that two notes and musical ones, please.... Geld left Clifton High School to study business administration at college."
  3. ^ Thomas S. Hischak (1993). "Gary Geld (1935- )". Stage it with Music: An Encyclopedic Guide to the American Musical Theatre. Greenwood Press. p. 91. ISBN 9780313287084.