Betty Comden News

Date of Birth: May 03, 1919
Date of Death: November 23, 2006 (87)
Birth Place: Brooklyn, NY, USA
Gender: Female
EVITA, SISTER ACT & More on Tap for Cabrillo Music Theatre's 2016-17 SeasonEVITA, SISTER ACT & More on Tap for Cabrillo Music Theatre's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2016

Cabrillo Music Theatre proudly announces the 2016-2017 season of shows.   Cabrillo's High-Flying Season features three Cabrillo debuts and one classic favorite not seen in nearly 15 years.  All of Cabrillo's productions are locally produced, auditioned and rehearsed in Southern California, and performed exclusively at the Bank of America Performing Arts Center at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. (more...)

Cygnet Theatre's Season 14 to Feature GYPSY, ON THE 20TH CENTURY & MoreCygnet Theatre's Season 14 to Feature GYPSY, ON THE 20TH CENTURY & More
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2016

 Every season must reflect the mission of the company and for the past 13 years, Sean Murray has crafted uniquely Cygnet seasons that reflect the commitment to 'startle the soul, embrace diversity and ignite debate.' This year is no exception. The seven productions in Season 14 range from the traditional to the avant-garde and include two musical theatre classics, a two-show repertory by a Pulitzer prize-winning playwright, the return of a holiday favorite and two contemporary works sure to shock and amaze. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES at Maltz Jupiter TheatrePhoto Flash: First Look at THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES at Maltz Jupiter Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2016

Get ready to celebrate the life of beloved American entertainer Will Rogers at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre with THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES: A LIFE IN REVUE! BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Heidi Kettenring to Make Porchlight Music Theatre Debut in 'APPLAUSE'Heidi Kettenring to Make Porchlight Music Theatre Debut in 'APPLAUSE'
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2016

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber have announced the second production in the third smash season of Chicago's "lost" musicals in staged concert series, PORCHLIGHT REVISTS...APPLAUSE, featuring book by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Lee Adams, with direction and choreography by Porchlight Artistic Associate Christopher Pazdernik, music direction by Nick Sula. (more...)

Looking Back and Moving Forward! Shows That Closed in 2015Looking Back and Moving Forward! Shows That Closed in 2015
by BWW Special Coverage - Jan 1, 2016

Happy New Year, BroadwayWorld! As we eagerly anticipate the amazing musicals and plays coming up in 2016, we're taking a moment to look back at the significant Broadway closings of 2015. (more...)

Ten Things Theatre Lovers Talked About In 2015, Aside From HAMILTONTen Things Theatre Lovers Talked About In 2015, Aside From HAMILTON
by Michael Dale - Dec 25, 2015

Lin-Manuel Miranda's smash may have been the year's top theatre story, but 2015 was full of controversy and celebration. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - December 23, 2015BWW's On This Day - December 23, 2015
by - Dec 23, 2015

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on December 23 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Maltz Jupiter Theatre to Present THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIESMaltz Jupiter Theatre to Present THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2015

Get ready to celebrate the life of beloved American entertainer Will Rogers at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre with The Will Rogers Follies: A Life in Revue! (more...)

Singer/Songwriter Joseph Lorenzo Wise Releases 'Christmas Again' SingleSinger/Songwriter Joseph Lorenzo Wise Releases 'Christmas Again' Single
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2015

'CHRISTMAS AGAIN' an original Christmas Classic, lyrics by Joseph L. Wise and music by Joseph L. Wise and Cody T. Gillete is Wise's latest release. Wise and Gillette scored a CD BABY number one hit with 'AMEN' on the California Pop chart and No. 5 on Traditional Gospel. (more...)

Kathleen Marshall to Helm Lyrics & Lyricists 2016 Opener 'A FUNNY THING HAPPENED'Kathleen Marshall to Helm Lyrics & Lyricists 2016 Opener 'A FUNNY THING HAPPENED'
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2015

The curtain rises on a hotel room out of town, and songwriters in the midst of a desperate, all-night creative frenzy to save a faltering show. Lyrics & Lyricists 2016 season opens with real-life theatrical drama as three-time Tony-winner Kathleen Marshall returns to 92Y with the nail-biting stories behind the 11th-hour songs that saved the day and became Broadway classics. The show runs January 9-11 at 92Y. (more...)

Musical Theatre West Sets 2016 Reiner Staged Reading SeriesMusical Theatre West Sets 2016 Reiner Staged Reading Series
by BWW News Desk - Dec 3, 2015

Musical Theatre West's (MTW) Reiner Staged Reading Series returns in 2016 with four one-night only performances of classic and forgotten Broadway gems, including Pal Joey (January 24, 2016); On the Twentieth Century (May 16, 2016); Donnybrook! (June 12, 2016); and Li'l Abner (August 28, 2016).  All performances take place at the University Theatre at California State University, Long Beach (off 7th Street between East and West Campus Drive, Parking Lot 7).  (more...)

BWW Feature: Countdown to THE WIZ LIVE! A Brief History of Live TV Musicals From The Golden AgeBWW Feature: Countdown to THE WIZ LIVE! A Brief History of Live TV Musicals From The Golden Age
by Jeffrey Walker - Dec 3, 2015

Relive the Golden Age of Broadway and the magical moments from TV's past with Ethel Merman, Mary Martin, Frank Sinatra, Julie Andrews,Carol Burnett and many more as we look at the history of live TV musicals. (more...)

BWW Review: Out of the 'Flying PAN' and Into the TUNA CasseroleBWW Review: Out of the 'Flying PAN' and Into the TUNA Casserole
by Joseph Baker - Nov 30, 2015

Whether it's fruitcake or eggnog, people love their traditions during the Holiday Season -- and you'd better not disappoint. Memphians are accustomed to cranky 'Ebeneezer Scrooge' hoarding his coins at Theatre Memphis, and in midtown, we're resigned to A TUNA CHRISTMAS at Circuit and PETER PAN at Playhouse on the Square. Just last year, I had seen two -- yes, TWO -- productions of the latter: The version done live on NBC (with an off-center, almost 'sleep walking' Christopher Walken as 'Captain Hook') and the marvelous version directed and choreographed by Jordan Nichols and Travis Bradley at Playhouse. The Playhouse featured players were the unique Morgan Howard (as 'Peter') and the versatile David Foster (as a 'Jack Sparrow'-like 'Hook'); they were alternating the roles with Carly Crawford and Bill Andrews. I am happy to report that I finally was able to see Ms. Crawford and Mr. Andrews assay those roles, and they were equally inspired casting choices (but more about that later). (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 11/26/15- PETER PANSTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 11/26/15- PETER PAN
by Stage Tube - Nov 26, 2015

Today in 1991, the second Broadway revival of Peter Pan opened at the MInskoff Theatre, where it ran for 48 performances. Peter Pan is a musical adaptation of J. M. Barrie's 1904 play Peter Pan and Barrie's own novelization of it, Peter and Wendy. The music is mostly by Mark 'Moose' Charlap, with additional music by Jule Styne, and most of the lyrics were written by Carolyn Leigh, with additional lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. The original 1954 Broadway production, starring Mary Martin as Peter and Cyril Ritchard as Captain Hook, earned Tony Awards for both stars. (more...)

Palm Beach Dramaworks to Welcome Broadway Musical Director Paul Gemignani, 12/8Palm Beach Dramaworks to Welcome Broadway Musical Director Paul Gemignani, 12/8
by BWW News Desk - Nov 23, 2015

On December 8, Palm Beach Dramaworks launches the third season of its highly successful Dramalogue - Talking Theatre! series with Paul Gemignani: Musical Theatre's Master Maestro. The program features the esteemed Broadway musical director in conversation with Sheryl Flatow. Gemignani, recipient of the 2001 Lifetime Achievement Tony Award, will discuss a remarkable career still going strong after more than 40 years, and talk about how he helps shape a show and bring a score to life. The program will be presented twice, at 2pm (limited seating available) and 7pm at the Don & Ann Brown Theatre. (more...)

Len Cariou, James Earl Jones and More Honor Angela Lansbury Tonight at York's 2015 GalaLen Cariou, James Earl Jones and More Honor Angela Lansbury Tonight at York's 2015 Gala
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2015

The York Theatre Company honors Broadway and Hollywood legend Angela Lansbury with the 2015 Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement in Musical Theatre tonight, November 16, 2015 at Guastavino's (409 East 59th Street). (more...)

Chicago's Goodman Theatre Postpones WONDERFUL TOWN Until September 2016Chicago's Goodman Theatre Postpones WONDERFUL TOWN Until September 2016
by BWW News Desk - Nov 12, 2015

Goodman Theatre announces a change in its 2015/2016 schedule. Leonard Bernstein's classic musical Wonderful Town, previously announced for Spring/Summer 2016, will be rescheduled to September and open the Goodman's upcoming 2016/2017 Season. The move increases the potential for artistic collaborations that affect the future life of Tony Award winning Manilow Resident Director Mary Zimmerman's major revival. A replacement Albert Theatre production for Spring/Summer 2016 will be announced soon. Additional productions in the 2016/2017 Season will be announced in the coming months. The Goodman will be in touch with its Season Subscribers with more information. (more...)

Kirk Douglas as ON THE TOWN's Gabey?  It Almost Happened!Kirk Douglas as ON THE TOWN's Gabey? It Almost Happened!
by Michael Dale - Nov 6, 2015

The great Hollywood actor gives an overview of his dubious Broadway career. (more...)

St. Bart's Players Present DON'T DRESS FOR DINNER, Now thru 11/15St. Bart's Players Present DON'T DRESS FOR DINNER, Now thru 11/15
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2015

Bernard has the perfect romantic evening planned for his mistress - or so he thinks. Hidden identities and outrageous infidelities are exposed in this hilarious French farce! (more...)

Berkeley Playhouse Opens Family Series with PETER PAN TodayBerkeley Playhouse Opens Family Series with PETER PAN Today
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2015

Berkeley Playhouse at the historic Julia Morgan Theater begins the family series of their eighth season with Peter Pan. (more...)

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