Betty Comden News

Date of Birth: May 03, 1919
Date of Death: November 23, 2006 (87)
Birth Place: Brooklyn, NY, USA
Gender: Female
BWW Morning Brief August 21st, 2017: Broadway Community Rallies for 2017 Covenant House 'Sleep Out' and More!BWW Morning Brief August 21st, 2017: Broadway Community Rallies for 2017 Covenant House 'Sleep Out' and More!
by Danielle Ashley - Aug 21, 2017

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Today's big news: over 70 members of the Broadway community will rally tonight for 2017 Covenant House 'Sleep Out!' (more...)

Review: Laugh Your Way Through a Musical Screwball Ride ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURYReview: Laugh Your Way Through a Musical Screwball Ride ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
by Shari Barrett - Aug 20, 2017

The glamorous passenger train Twentieth Century Limited, which ran between New York and Chicago between 1902 and 1967, is the main setting for the musical screwball comedy ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY now playing through August 27 at the Pan-Andreas Theatre, 5119 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038. Based partly on the 1930s film and play of the same name, the musical, with book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and music by Cy Coleman, is part operetta, part farce, and part screwball comedy telling the story of the behind-the-scenes relationship between Lily, a temperamental actress and Oscar, a bankrupt theatre producer. The duo, played with great skill and comedic timing by Alena Bernardi and Wade Kelley, recount the tale of their adventure traveling from Chicago to New York in the 1930s as Oscar tries to cajole the glamorous Hollywood star into playing the lead in his new, but not-yet-written drama, and perhaps to rekindle their romance. (more...)

BWW Review: CANTANDO NA CHUVA (Singin' In The Rain) Gives Brazil a Shower of JoyBWW Review: CANTANDO NA CHUVA (Singin' In The Rain) Gives Brazil a Shower of Joy
by Claudio Erlichman - Aug 17, 2017

Cantando Na Chuva (Singin' in the Rain) is set in the roaring '20s and silent movie stars are the biggest names in the world. Don Lockwood (Jarbas Homem de Mello) has it all, a string of hit films and a studio-engineered romance with the most beautiful actress in town, Lina Lamont  (Claudia Raia). But with the new phenomenon of the talking picture on the way and a chance meeting with Kathy Selden (Bruna Guerin), a talented young chorus girl set to steal his heart, things are about to change for Don and for Hollywood forever. ???????With all the charm, romance, comedy and tinsel town glamour of one of the world's best-loved films, Cantando Na Chuva songs include Good Morning, Make 'em Laugh, Moses Supposes and the legendary Singin' in the Rain. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Celebrating the Unsung Musicals of Hal PrinceBWW Exclusive: Celebrating the Unsung Musicals of Hal Prince
by Daniella Parcell - Aug 5, 2017

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, SWEENEY TODD, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, COMPANY, CABARET, FOLLIES. Each was directed and/or produced by Broadway legend Harold Prince. Each contributed to his record-high pile of Tony awards, and has been produced and acclaimed across the world. (more...)

Perry Laylon Ojeda Sings Comden & GreenPerry Laylon Ojeda Sings Comden & Green
by BWW News Desk - Aug 3, 2017

Launching his LA concert debut, Broadway singer & actor PERRY LAYLON OJEDA performing songs with lyrics by Broadway legends Betty Comden and Adolph Green, the longest running creative partnership in theatre history. (more...)

GYPSY, DUKE ELLINGTON'S GREATEST HITS and PETER PAN to Play Music Theater Works This FallGYPSY, DUKE ELLINGTON'S GREATEST HITS and PETER PAN to Play Music Theater Works This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2017

The Music Theater Works (formerly Light Opera Works) 2017 season continues with GYPSY (August 19-27), DUKE ELLINGTON'S GREATEST HITS (October 6-15), and PETER PAN (December 23-January 1, 2018). (more...)

BWW Review: CHILDREN'S THEATRE ANNOUNCES 2017 - 2018 SEASON at The Children's Theatre Of CincinnatiBWW Review: CHILDREN'S THEATRE ANNOUNCES 2017 - 2018 SEASON at The Children's Theatre Of Cincinnati
by Laura A. Hobson - Jul 27, 2017

The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati celebrates 93 years with six productions. Read the article to learn more. (more...)

SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, JR. to Make a Splash Onstage at JPAS This WeekendSINGIN' IN THE RAIN, JR. to Make a Splash Onstage at JPAS This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2017

JPAS Theatre Kids! presents 'Singin' in the Rain JR', with screenplay by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, songs by Arthur Freed Nacio and Herb Brown, based on the classic Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film, by special arrangement with Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Inc. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Buck Creek Players' 2017 Play-A-Part Fundraiser PETER PANPhoto Flash: First Look at Buck Creek Players' 2017 Play-A-Part Fundraiser PETER PAN
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2017

The Buck Creek Players will open their 45th season of quality theater with the 2017 Play-A-Part Fundraiser, PETER PAN. Check out Jessica Bartley and Daniel Klingler in brand new photos below! (more...)

BWW Review: Cabrillo Takes Us Back to Neverland with a Delightful PETER PANBWW Review: Cabrillo Takes Us Back to Neverland with a Delightful PETER PAN
by Don Grigware - Jul 17, 2017

Cabrillo, Thousand Oaks/directed by Yvette Lawrence/choreographed by Cheryl Baxter/through July 23 Peter Pan is a story filled with wonderment, and a total joy to behold onstage. Children of all ages love the idea of being able to fly and to live freely, without attachments or responsibilities. With the right casting, the show is pure magic. Now onstage through July 23 at Cabrillo Music Theatre, soon to be renamed 5 Star Theatricals, Peter Pan will never grow up, thank heavens! In this case there is not a famous star attached to the role. Carly Bracco is an immmensely talented singer, dancer, and actress who toured extensively with Cathy Rigby and played Wendy. She brings so much of herself to the role and is so much fun to watch, that nothing is lacking, making this Peter Pan a first class production. (more...)

Photo Flash: PETER PAN Flies Into Cabrillo Music TheatrePhoto Flash: PETER PAN Flies Into Cabrillo Music Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2017

CABRILLO MUSIC THEATRE presents one of the most beloved family friendly musicals of all time with the third and final show in its 2016-2017 season, PETER PAN, with music by Mark "Moose" Charlap and Jule Styne, lyrics by Carolyn Leigh and Betty Comden and Adolph Green, based on J.M. Barrie's unforgettable story, musical direction by Dan Redfeld, choreography by Cheryl Baxter and direction by Yvette Lawrence. PETER PAN opens on Friday, July 14, 2017 and runs through Sunday, July 23, 2017 at the 1,800-seat Kavli Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Thousand Oaks. (more...)

Wick Theatre Replaces A WONDERFUL LIFE with SHE LOVES ME, Honors Legacy of Michael HallWick Theatre Replaces A WONDERFUL LIFE with SHE LOVES ME, Honors Legacy of Michael Hall
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2017

The Wick Theatre announced a change in the line-up for the upcoming 2017-2018 production season.  An unexpected issue with production rights has forced the company to replace A Wonderful Life with She Loves Me.   (more...)

Film Works Alfresco Presents Special Free Screening of GOLD DIGGERS OF 1933Film Works Alfresco Presents Special Free Screening of GOLD DIGGERS OF 1933
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2017

'We're in the Money!' and other standards will fill Inwood Hill Park as the inaugural FREE outdoor summer cinema series Film Works Alfresco continues Monday, July 17 with the classic dance spectacular film Gold Diggers of 1933. (more...)


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ON THE TOWN with Leonard Bernstein's Classic Score Opens 7/11 at Music CircusON THE TOWN with Leonard Bernstein's Classic Score Opens 7/11 at Music Circus
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2017

The 67th Music Circus season continues with the classic Leonard Bernstein musical comedy On The Town. This will be just the third time the Bernstein masterpiece has been produced at Music Circus, and its first appearance in the Wells Fargo Pavilion; previous Music Circus productions were in 1955 and 1961. Performances of On The Town are Tuesday, July 11 through Sunday, July 16 at the Wells Fargo Pavilion. (more...)

Official: Ted Chapin Curates 92Y's New Lyrics & Lyricists Season, Featuring Jonathan Groff, Lynn Ahrens and MoreOfficial: Ted Chapin Curates 92Y's New Lyrics & Lyricists Season, Featuring Jonathan Groff, Lynn Ahrens and More
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2017

92Y announces Ted Chapin, President & Chief Creative Officer of Rodgers & Hammerstein, will serve in the newly created role of Producer of Lyrics & Lyricists, beginning next season. For nearly five decades, L&L has been at the forefront of exploring and sharing the best of the American Songbook, and this opens a new chapter. (more...)

Rubicon Theatre Company's Summer Program Soars with ALADDIN JR.Rubicon Theatre Company's Summer Program Soars with ALADDIN JR.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2017

'A Whole New World' kicks off the summer youth program with Aladdin JR., based on the iconic animated film and featuring an Academy Award-winning score by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice. Soar to new heights on a magical, flying carpet ride filled with romance, adventure and hilarious hijinks. When street urchin Aladdin vies for the attention of the beautiful princess, Jasmine, he uses a genie's magic power to become a prince in order to marry her. Iago, Jafar, the Genie and more beloved characters come to life in this fantastical musical that celebrates the power of love and friendship. Aladdin JR. is directed and choreographed by Carolanne Marano, with Musical Direction by Miriam Arichea. The production opens July 7 and runs for 5 performances only through July 9. (more...)

BWW Preview: CVRep Presents a Robust Series of Summer Offerings.BWW Preview: CVRep Presents a Robust Series of Summer Offerings.
by Audrey Liebross - Jun 23, 2017

Coachella Valley Repertory (CVRep) has a robust summer season planned, which is already in progress. Its offerings consist of plays, cabaret, jazz, and classical music. This weekend, Perry Ojeda, who played Gabey in the 1998 Broadway Revival of ON THE TOWN, will perform in concert. Mr. Ojeda will sing the songs of Betty Comden and Adolph Green. (more...)

Cabrillo Music Theatre Flies Off to Neverland with PETER PANCabrillo Music Theatre Flies Off to Neverland with PETER PAN
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2017

CABRILLO MUSIC THEATRE presents one of the most beloved family friendly musicals of all time with the third and final show in its 2016-2017 season, PETER PAN, with music by Mark 'Moose' Charlap and Jule Styne, lyrics by Carolyn Leigh and Betty Comden and Adolph Green, based on J.M. Barrie's unforgettable story, musical direction by Dan Redfeld, choreography by Cheryl Baxter and direction by Yvette Lawrence. PETER PAN opens on Friday, July 14, 2017 and runs through Sunday, July 23, 2017 at the 1,800-seat Kavli Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Thousand Oaks.    (more...)

Nick Adams to Lead ON THE TOWN at The Gateway in Bellport VillageNick Adams to Lead ON THE TOWN at The Gateway in Bellport Village
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2017

On the Town, The 2014 Tony Award nominee for Best New Musical Revival opens at The Gateway in Bellport Village on Wednesday, June 28 and runs through July 15. (more...)

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