Hank Beebe received his B.A. in English and Masters in Musical Composition from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He later studied composition with Vincent Persichetti at the Philadelphia Conservatory of Music, and then, at Persichetti's suggestion, moved to New York to seek a market for his work.
His first theater production was an Off-Broadway children's musical, "The Cowboy and the Tiger", which ran for two years, and was later produced on ABC Television starring Jack Gilford, David Wayne, and Paul O'Keefe. After that Beebe wrote the score for "Lady Lily's Dilemma", which first starred the cast of the soap opera "Search For Tomorrow", and then was given a regional theater production starring Tessie O'Shea at Ford's Theater, Washington.
His next musical, "Tuscaloosa's Calling Me, But I'm Not Going" (theatergoers shortened the title to "Tuscaloosa") received rave notices and ran for four-hundred and fifty-two performances in New York, winning the Outer Critics Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical. This led to Broadway and the musical "Hellzapoppin"', starring Jerry Lewis and Lynn Redgrave.
Retiring to his summer place in Maine, Beebe promptly flunked retirement. Though he had tired of the fast track, he had not tired of the musical theater. So he took to composing musical plays again, this time for community theater. Twelve of these have been produced by community theaters and churches around the country, and as far away as Mannheim, Germany.
The most popular of these are "Places!", a tale of turmoil in a community theater, "Go Out Singing", the biblical story of Simon Peter and the Early Christians, and "Foster Father", the story of Joseph, the husband of Mary.
Beebe's work is also represented in the choral field, where he has three-hundred published choral works that are performed by choirs and choruses world-wide.