Betty Comden News

Date of Birth: May 03, 1919
Date of Death: November 23, 2006 (87)
Birth Place: Brooklyn, NY, USA
Gender: Female
Original 1955 & 1956 PETER PAN Starring Mary Martin Makes Blu-Ray Debut, 8/25Original 1955 & 1956 PETER PAN Starring Mary Martin Makes Blu-Ray Debut, 8/25
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 31, 2015

Two classic theatrical telecasts make their Blu-ray debut! (more...)

Hayley Podschun and John Bolton Star in Artpark's PETER PAN, Opening TomorrowHayley Podschun and John Bolton Star in Artpark's PETER PAN, Opening Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2015

Artpark brings the tale of PETER PAN to life on the Artpark Theater stage for eight exciting performances tomorrow, July 30, through August 7, 2015. (more...)

Reflections: What SINGIN' IN THE RAIN Lacks in Star Power, It Makes Up for In Extended Scenes, Live SpectacleReflections: What SINGIN' IN THE RAIN Lacks in Star Power, It Makes Up for In Extended Scenes, Live Spectacle
by Oliver Oliveros - Jul 28, 2015

When compared to 'Sunset Boulevard,' (orig. film: 1950; West End premiere: 1993), which follows the same classic film-to-stage pedigree as 'Singin' In the Rain' (orig. film: 1952; West End premiere: 1983) and tackles the same dilemma of making the transition from silent films to talkies in the 1920s--albeit of psychological melodrama in genre compared to the latter's rollicking parody--'Sunset Boulevard' had big stars of stage and screen who headlined West End and Broadway, i.e. Patti LuPone, Glenn Close, and Elaine Paige who played the faded silent movie star Norma Desmond. Whereas 'Singin' In the Rain' did not delve into such stunt casting from the onset--unless you consider Tommy Steele, who originated the role of Don Lockwood in the West End, as big as Elvis Presley or Gene Kelly, the silver screen's original Lockwood. (more...)

LION KING, WEST SIDE STORY Among 100 Greatest American FilmsLION KING, WEST SIDE STORY Among 100 Greatest American Films
by Movies News Desk - Jul 27, 2015

BBC Culture today released a comprehensive new poll of the 100 Greatest American Films of all time. Among the esteemed list is the 1952 film SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, at No. 7, and THE WIZARD OF OZ, coming in #34 on the list. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Musical Theatre West Revisits the Glorious Feeling of SINGIN' IN THE RAINBWW Reviews: Musical Theatre West Revisits the Glorious Feeling of SINGIN' IN THE RAIN
by Michael L. Quintos - Jul 24, 2015

As the cliche goes, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. That is perhaps partly the philosophy behind the rather faithful stage adaptation of the gloriously wonderful movie musical SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, now once again charmingly replicated in a smile-inducing local production at Musical Theatre West that continues through July 26 at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach. An almost scene-by-scene, note-for-note recreation of the superb cinematic masterpiece, the musical theater iteration of SINGIN' IN THE RAIN smartly and painstakingly reenacts every key moment and memorable musical happenstance from the 1952 movie that many have since heralded as one of the best movie musicals of all time. With MTW's latest revival specifically, director/choreographer Jon Engstrom has helmed a joyful production worth experiencing, whether it's your first or hundredth time. And, yes, it rains on stage... and it's a sight to behold! (more...)

BWW REVIEW: BELLS ARE RINGING Forces the Comedy in the BerkshiresBWW REVIEW: BELLS ARE RINGING Forces the Comedy in the Berkshires
by Jan Nargi - Jul 23, 2015

Berkshire Theatre Group's revival of BELLS ARE RINGING starring Broadway's charming husband and wife duo Graham Rowat and Kate Baldwin can be described in two words: sensory overload. Director Ethan Heard and his entire creative team have worked the 1956 kitsch so hard that the physical elements overwhelm the performances - and challenge the actors to ratchet things up to a fever pitch just to be noticed. (more...)

Final Bow! Video Of Kristin Chenoweth & ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY Cast Saying FarewellFinal Bow! Video Of Kristin Chenoweth & ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY Cast Saying Farewell
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 20, 2015

Kristin Chenoweth and company say goodbye to ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY! (more...)

Stage & Screen Star Carol Burnett to Receive 2015 SAG Life Achievement AwardStage & Screen Star Carol Burnett to Receive 2015 SAG Life Achievement Award
by TV News Desk - Jul 20, 2015

Carol Burnett – comedic trailblazer, actor, singer, dancer, producer and author – has been named the 52nd recipient of SAG-AFTRA's highest tribute: the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. (more...)

Reagle Music Theatre Concludes Summer Season with WONDERFUL TOWN, August 6-16thReagle Music Theatre Concludes Summer Season with WONDERFUL TOWN, August 6-16th
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2015

Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston's much-lauded 47th consecutive summer season concludes with the multiple Tony Award-winning musical Wonderful Town from August 6-16, 2015 at the Robinson Theatre (617 Lexington St. Waltham, MA, 02452). (more...)

BWW Flashback: The Train Is Leaving the Station! ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY Closes on Broadway TodayBWW Flashback: The Train Is Leaving the Station! ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY Closes on Broadway Today
by Jessica Showers - Jul 19, 2015

Roundabout Theatre Company's Tony-nominated revival of ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY ends its extended soujourn today, July 19, 2015 at Broadway's American Airlines Theatre. Below, before the train pulls out of the station for good, BroadwayWorld takes you back through the show's run on Broadway! (more...)

BWW Reviews: Gregory Nalbone Charms with Uneven THE SOUNDS OF MY HEARTBWW Reviews: Gregory Nalbone Charms with Uneven THE SOUNDS OF MY HEART
by David Clarke - Jul 17, 2015

Having appeared on many of New York City's cabaret stages, Gregory Nalbone returns to the Metropolitan Room with The Sounds of My Heart. Directed by Lennie Watts and music direction by Kenneth Gartman, this show showcases Nalbone's baritone register and Pop-Broadway instrument and allows him to bare his soul as he sings some of his and our favorite tunes. (more...)

Photo Flash: 39 STEPS Stars Visit Broadway's ON THE TOWNPhoto Flash: 39 STEPS Stars Visit Broadway's ON THE TOWN
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2015

Last night, the cast of 39 STEPS off-Broadway took their dark night off to travel uptown to see Broadway's ON THE TOWN. After the show, they went backstage to say hello to the company. Scroll down for photos from their visit! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Rivertown Theaters' PETER PAN, Opening TomorrowPhoto Flash: First Look at Rivertown Theaters' PETER PAN, Opening Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2015

As an added production for the 2015 season, Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts is proud to present one of Broadway's most beloved musical tales, 'Peter Pan,' performed by adults on the Main Stage July 16 - 26, directed by Kelly Fouchi. (more...)

DVR Alert - Kristin Chenoweth to Visit JAMES CORDEN, 7/22DVR Alert - Kristin Chenoweth to Visit JAMES CORDEN, 7/22
by TV News Desk - Jul 15, 2015

CBS has announced that ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY star Kristin Chenoweth will guest on LATE LATE SHOW WITH JAMES CORDEN on Wednesday, July 22.   (more...)

Photos! Kristin Chenoweth Joins ON THE 20TH CENTURY's Mary Louise Wilson At Book Signing EventPhotos! Kristin Chenoweth Joins ON THE 20TH CENTURY's Mary Louise Wilson At Book Signing Event
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 14, 2015

Kristin Chenoweth shows love for her ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY co-star! (more...)

BWW Reviews: A Classy SINGIN' IN THE RAIN at MTWBWW Reviews: A Classy SINGIN' IN THE RAIN at MTW
by Don Grigware - Jul 14, 2015

To those newer generation theatre and movie fans who do not remember 1952's blockbuster hit film Singin' in the Rain, directors Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly, screenwriters Betty Comden and Adolph Green and costars Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds all contributed to making it the smash that it was... and still is. The zany lightweight hit transferred to the stage in the early 80s and showed the craziness that may have happened when the big movie studios were transitioning from silents to talkies in the late 20s. Now in a classy revival at Musical Theatre West (MTW) in Long Beach, it's all brought back to exuberantly colorful life by skilled director Jon Engstrom and a delicious company of triple threats through July 26 only. (more...)

Photo Flash: Cast of 'TWENTIETH CENTURY' Kick Off Final Week on Broadway at The Empire HotelPhoto Flash: Cast of 'TWENTIETH CENTURY' Kick Off Final Week on Broadway at The Empire Hotel
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2015

Kristin Chenoweth, Peter Gallagher, Andy Karl and the cast of "On the Twentieth Century" kicked off their final week of performances on the Pool Deck of The Empire Hotel last night. The cast toasted their Broadway run while snacking on summer barbecue favorites like hamburgers, hot dogs and grilled chicken skewers, dancing poolside and posing for selfies with the hotel's iconic neon sign. (more...)

York Theatre Company to Honor Stage & Screen Legend Angela Lansbury at 2015 GalaYork Theatre Company to Honor Stage & Screen Legend Angela Lansbury at 2015 Gala
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2015

The York Theatre Company  will honor the legendary Angela Lansbury with the 2015 Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement in Musical Theatre on Monday, November 16, 2015 at Guastavino's, BroadwayWorld has learned. (more...)

Kristin Chenoweth Returning to ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY Tonight Following Afternoon AbsenceKristin Chenoweth Returning to ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY Tonight Following Afternoon Absence
by Tyler Peterson - Jul 8, 2015

Kristin Chenoweth may have missed today's matinee of Broadway's ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY, but rest assured Roundabout patrons, she'll be back in action as Lily Garland at this evening's performance. (more...)

Musical Theatre West's SINGIN' IN THE RAIN Opens This FridayMusical Theatre West's SINGIN' IN THE RAIN Opens This Friday
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2015

Musical Theatre West (MTW) is Singin' in the Rain runs July 10-26 at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center.  Featuring all of the beloved songs, splashy dance numbers, and comedic antics, this two-time Tony nominated musical delivers the best of the beloved film, live on stage.  (more...)

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