Writers / Artists
Comden and Green
Artist's Web Site: http://www.songwritershalloffame.org/exhibits/C59
Betty Comden and Adolph Green were an American musical-comedy team who wrote scripts—and often the lyrics—for many Broadway shows and Hollywood film musicals. They were paired together longer than any other writing team in the history of Broadway. Comden and Green’s first Broadway show was in 1944, with On the Town, a musical about three sailors on leave in New York City that was an expansion of a ballet entitled Fancy Free on which Bernstein had been working with choreographer Jerome Robbins. Comden and Green wrote the book and lyrics, which included sizable parts for themselves (as Claire and Ozzie). The duo eventually headed to California where they wrote the screenplays and sometimes lyrics for such films as Good News, The Barkleys of Broadway, On The Town, Singin’ in the Rain, The Band Wagon, and It’s Always Fair Weather.
During the 1950′s, they returned to stage work writing the lyrics for Wonderful Town, My Sister Eileen, Bells Are Ringing, and Peter Pan just to name a few. During the 1960′s they collaborated four times with Jule Styne on Do Re Mi, Subways Are For Sleeping, Fade Out-Fade In, and Hallelujah Baby!. They wrote the libretto for the 1970 musical Applause, and the lyrics to 1978′s On the Twentieth Century with music by Cy Coleman. Comden and Green’s final musical hit was another collaboration with Cy Coleman, 1991′s The Will Rogers Follies.
Contact & Licensing Info:
The score to The Will Rogers Follies is published by Notable Music Co. Inc. in co-publication with Betdolph Music Co. & Adolph Green Publishing (ASCAP).