They Made Us Happy: Betty Comden & Adolph Greens Musicals & Movies by Andy PropstBetty Comden and Adolph Green were the writers behind such classic stage musicals as On the Town, Wonderful Town, and Bells Are Ringing, and they provided lyrics for such standards as New York, New York, Just in Time, The Partys Over, and Make Someone Happy, to name just a few. This remarkable duo, the longest-running partnership in theatrical history, also penned the screenplays for such cinematic gems as Singin in the Rain and The Band Wagon. In the process they worked with such artists as Leonard Bernstein, Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Judy Holliday, and Jule Styne. They Made Us Happy is the first book to tell the full story of their careers, lives, and work, starting with their acclaimed appearances as part of the sketch troupe the Revuers and moving through their bi-coastal lives as a pair of Broadways top writers and two of Hollywoods most valued scribes. The book takes readers on a trip through almost the entirety of the twentieth century, and along the way there are appearances by the likes of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Greta Garbo, and Charlie Chaplin. Author Andy Propst brings both their produced work to life as well as many of the projects that that never made it to the stage or the screen, including an aborted musical version of Thornton Wilders The Skin of Our Teeth, a bio-pic about director-choreographer Busby Berkeley, and their version of the book for Cole Porters musical Out of This World. Comden and Greens wit and deft satire inspired laughs during their lives, and their musicals and movies have endured, amusing generation after generation. Its work that will always be making audiences happy.
Todd Buonopane - "I Just Can’t Wait" (Jule Styne, Betty Comden & Adolph Green)
Betty Comden was one-half of the musical-comedy duo Comden and Green, who provided lyrics, libretti, and screenplays to some of the most beloved and successful Hollywood musicals and Broadway shows of the midth century. Her writing partnership with Adolph Green, called "the longest running.
They were paired together longer than any other writing team in the history of Broadway. Comden studied dramatics at New York University B. Green attended New York public schools and, during the Great Depression , found his first job as a Wall Street runner. Comden and Green met in while both were making the rounds of theatrical agents. Their satirical show of songs, dances, and skits enjoyed initial success and went from the Vanguard to engagements at uptown theatres and nightclubs and on radio but flopped in Hollywood. Judy Tuvim stayed on in Hollywood and, except for occasional returns to Broadway, became, as Judy Holliday , one of the most brilliant film comediennes of the s.
The performance was composed of material written by Comden and Green for stage shows, films, and their former comedy troupe The Revuers. The revue was then produced on Broadway by the Theatre Guild , opening on December 23, , at the John Golden Theatre , where it closed on May 23, after 82 performances. After four previews, a revival opened on Broadway on February 10, , at the Morosco Theatre , where it remained for six weeks before transferring to the Little Theatre to complete its performance run on April 30, A revival cast album was recorded live at the Arena Theatre in Washington, D. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Works by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Leonard Bernstein.
Her writing partnership with Adolph Green , called "the longest running creative partnership in theatre history",  lasted for six decades, during which time they collaborated with other leading entertainment figures such as the famed " Freed Unit " at MGM , Jule Styne , and Leonard Bernstein , and wrote the musical comedy film Singin' in the Rain. Both were Russian immigrants and observant Jews. In , mutual friends introduced her to Adolph Green , an aspiring actor. Comden and Green's first Broadway show was in , 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". Their next musical, Billion Dollar Baby in , with music by Morton Gould was not a success, and their show Bonanza Bound closed out-of-town and never reached Broadway.
Just In Time. Lonely Town. Make Someone Happy. New York, New York. The Party's Over.