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Encyclopedia > Betty Comden

Comden and Green was the writing duo of Betty Comden and Adolph Green. They wrote lyrics and books for musical stage plays, and lyrics and screenplays for movies. They worked with several musical collaborators, including Jule Styne and Leonard Bernstein.

Comden and Green's hits include the Broadway musicals On the Town and Wonderful Town, each of which was a celebration of New York City and which were adapted into movie musicals as well, and On the Twentieth Century and Bells Are Ringing. They also worked on the musical films Singin' in the Rain (most of whose songs were from other MGM musicals) and The Band Wagon. For television, they wrote the songs to the famous version of Peter Pan which starred Mary Martin in the title role.

Green died on October 24, 2002.

Stage Credits

  • On The Town, 1944 (book/lyrics)
  • Billion Dollar Baby, 1945 (book/lyrics)
  • Bonanza Bound, 1947 (book/lyrics)
  • Two on the Aisle, 1951 (book/lyrics)
  • Wonderful Town, 1953 (lyrics)
  • Bells Are Ringing, 1956 (book/lyrics)
  • Say, Darling, 1958 (lyrics)
  • Do Re Mi, 1960 (lyrics)
  • Fade Out-Fade In, 1964 (book/lyrics)
  • Hallelujah, Baby!, 1964 (lyrics)
  • Applause, 1970 (book)
  • On The Twentieth Century, 1978 (book/lyrics)
  • A Doll's Life, 1982 (book/lyrics)
  • Singin' in the Rain, (stage version), 1985 (book)
  • The Will Rogers Follies, 1991 (lyrics)

  Results from FactBites:
Broadway lyricist Betty Comden dies - Boston.com (925 words)
Comden, whose more than 60-year collaboration with Adolph Green produced the classic New York stage musical "On the Town," as well as "Singin' in the Rain," considered by many to be the best movie musical ever made, died Thursday, Nov. 23, 2006, her attorney said.
Throughout their partnership, Comden and Green performed together on stage, most notably in their two-person show "A Party with Betty Comden and Adolph Green," which was first done on Broadway in 1958 and periodically revived over the years.
Comden was born in Brooklyn in 1917, Konecky said, the daughter of Leo and Rebecca Comden.
Comden and Green - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (361 words)
Betty Comden and Adolph Green were the writing duo (billed as Comden and Green) who penned the screenplays and songs for some of the most beloved musicals, particularly as part of Arthur Freed's production unit at MGM during the genre's heyday.
Betty Comden was born Elizabeth Cohen in NYC on May 3, 1917 (see [1], [2]) although many sources incorrectly cite 1915 as her year of birth.
Betty Comden and Adolph Green received Kennedy Center Honors in 1991.
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