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Betty Comden

Performer, Writer, Lyricist, Source Material, Other
( b. May 03, 1917 Brooklyn, New York, USA - d. Nov 23, 2006 New York, New York, USA ) Female
Also known as: Basya Cohen [Birthname]

Biography: Betty Comden was born Basya Cohen on May 3, 1917 in Brooklyn, New York to Leo and Rebecca Cohen. She studied drama at New York University. She married designer and businessman Steven Kyle, with whom she had her children Susanna and Alan. She published her memoir, "Off Stage," in 1995. Her longtime collaborator was Adolph Green. Their professional partnership lasted more than 60 years.

Film/TV Credits: Film credits include: "Singin' in the Rain," "Auntie Mame," "On the Town," "The Band Wagon," "What a Way to Go!," "Good News," "Dummy," "It's Always Fair Weather," "Bells Are Ringing," and "Garbo Talks." Television credits include: "Frasier," "What's My Line?," "Great Performances," "The Match Game," "American Masters," "The Ed Sullivan Show," and "To Tell the Truth."

Other Awards: Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1980. Inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 1981. Comden and Green received Kennedy Center Honors in 1991.

Trivia:
Comden and Green formed a troupe called the Revuers with Judy Holliday and Leonard Benstein, which performed at the Village Vanguard club in Greenwich Village.
The marquees of Broadway theaters were dimmed in her honor on November 28, 2006.



ProductionsDate of Productions
On the Twentieth Century
[Musical, Comedy, Revival]
  • Book by Betty Comden
  • Lyrics by Betty Comden
Mar 15, 2015 - Jul 19, 2015
On the Town
[Musical, Comedy, Revival]
  • Book by Betty Comden
  • Lyrics by Betty Comden
Oct 16, 2014 - Sep 06, 2015
Barbara Cook's Broadway!
[Special, Concert, Original]
  • Featuring songs with lyrics by Betty Comden
Mar 28, 2004 - Apr 18, 2004
Wonderful Town
[Musical, Comedy, Revival]
  • Lyrics by Betty Comden
Nov 23, 2003 - Jan 30, 2005
Elaine Stritch At Liberty
[Special, Solo, Play with music, Original]
  • Featuring songs with lyrics by Betty Comden
Feb 21, 2002 - May 26, 2002
Bells Are Ringing
[Musical, Comedy, Revival]
  • Book by Betty Comden
  • Lyrics by Betty Comden
Apr 12, 2001 - Jun 10, 2001
Peter Pan
[Musical, Comedy, Revival]
  • Additional lyrics by Betty Comden
Apr 07, 1999 - Aug 29, 1999
Peter Pan
[Musical, Comedy, Revival]
  • Additional lyrics by Betty Comden
Nov 23, 1998 - Jan 03, 1999
On the Town
[Musical, Comedy, Revival]
  • Book by Betty Comden
  • Lyrics by Betty Comden
Nov 19, 1998 - Jan 17, 1999
Peter Pan
[Musical, Comedy, Revival]
  • Additional lyrics by Betty Comden
Nov 26, 1991 - Jan 05, 1992
The Will Rogers Follies
[Musical, Original]
  • Lyrics by Betty Comden
May 01, 1991 - Sep 05, 1993
Peter Pan
[Musical, Comedy, Revival]
  • Additional lyrics by Betty Comden
Dec 13, 1990 - Jan 20, 1991
Jerome Robbins' Broadway
[Musical, Revue, Dance, Original]
  • Additional text by Betty Comden
  • Featuring songs with lyrics by Betty Comden
Feb 26, 1989 - Sep 01, 1990
Barbara Cook: A Concert for the Theatre
[Special, Concert, Original]
  • Featuring songs with lyrics by Betty Comden
Apr 15, 1987 - Apr 26, 1987
Singin' in the Rain
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Book adapted by Betty Comden
  • Screenplay by Betty Comden
  • Lyrics for "Moses Supposes" by Betty Comden
Jul 02, 1985 - May 18, 1986
A Doll's Life
[Musical, Original]
  • Book by Betty Comden
  • Lyrics by Betty Comden
Sep 23, 1982 - Sep 26, 1982
Peter Pan
[Musical, Comedy, Revival]
  • Additional lyrics by Betty Comden
Sep 06, 1979 - Jan 04, 1981
The Madwoman of Central Park West
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Featuring songs with lyrics by Betty Comden
Jun 13, 1979 - Aug 25, 1979
On the Twentieth Century
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Book by Betty Comden
  • Lyrics by Betty Comden
  • Performer: Betty Comden
        Letitia Primrose - Replacement
Feb 19, 1978 - Mar 18, 1979
A Party with Betty Comden & Adolph Green
[Musical, Revue, Comedy, Revival]
  • Starring: Betty Comden [Performer]
Feb 10, 1977 - Apr 30, 1977
Lorelei
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • New lyrics by Betty Comden
Jan 27, 1974 - Nov 03, 1974
On the Town
[Musical, Comedy, Revival]
  • Book by Betty Comden
  • Lyrics by Betty Comden
Oct 31, 1971 - Jan 01, 1972
Applause
[Musical, Original]
  • Book by Betty Comden
Mar 30, 1970 - Jul 27, 1972
Hallelujah, Baby!
[Musical, Original]
  • Lyrics by Betty Comden
Apr 26, 1967 - Jan 13, 1968
Fade Out - Fade In
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Book by Betty Comden
  • Lyrics by Betty Comden
May 26, 1964 - Apr 17, 1965
Dylan
[Play, Original]
  • The song "New York, New York" from ON THE TOWN used by kind permission of Betty Comden
Jan 18, 1964 - Sep 12, 1964
Subways Are for Sleeping
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Book by Betty Comden
  • Lyrics by Betty Comden
Dec 27, 1961 - Jun 23, 1962
An Evening With Yves Montand
[Special, Solo, Original]
  • "Just in Time" lyrics by Betty Comden
Oct 24, 1961 - Dec 16, 1961
Do Re Mi
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Lyrics by Betty Comden
Dec 26, 1960 - Jan 13, 1962
A Party with Betty Comden & Adolph Green
[Musical, Revue, Comedy, Original]
  • Starring: Betty Comden [Performer]
  • Book by Betty Comden
  • Lyrics by Betty Comden
Dec 23, 1958 - May 23, 1959
Say, Darling
[Play, Comedy, Play with music, Original]
  • Lyrics by Betty Comden
Apr 03, 1958 - Jan 17, 1959
Bells Are Ringing
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Book by Betty Comden
  • Lyrics by Betty Comden
Nov 29, 1956 - Mar 07, 1959
Peter Pan
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Additional lyrics by Betty Comden
Oct 20, 1954 - Feb 26, 1955
Wonderful Town
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Lyrics by Betty Comden
Feb 25, 1953 - Jul 03, 1954
Two on the Aisle
[Musical, Revue, Original]
  • Sketches by Betty Comden
  • Lyrics by Betty Comden
Jul 19, 1951 - Mar 15, 1952
Billion Dollar Baby
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Book by Betty Comden
  • Lyrics by Betty Comden
Dec 21, 1945 - Jun 29, 1946
On the Town
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Book by Betty Comden
  • Also Starring: Betty Comden [Claire DeLoone]
  • Lyrics by Betty Comden
Dec 28, 1944 - Feb 02, 1946
Touring ProductionsDates of Touring Productions
Peter Pan
[Musical, Comedy, Revival]
  • Additional lyrics by Betty Comden
Aug 24, 2011 - Apr 28, 2013
Peter Pan
[Musical, Comedy, Revival]
  • Additional lyrics by Betty Comden
Sep 24, 2004 - May 28, 2006
Peter Pan
[Musical, Comedy, Revival]
  • Additional lyrics by Betty Comden
Nov 07, 1997 - Feb 20, 2000
Applause
[Musical, Revival]
  • Book by Betty Comden
Oct 22, 1996 - Nov 24, 1996
The Will Rogers Follies
[Musical, Original]
  • Lyrics by Betty Comden
Sep 01, 1992 - Nov 27, 1994
Special EventsDate of Special Events
On the Twentieth Century
[Special, Benefit, Comedy, Concert, Revival]
  • Book by Betty Comden
  • Lyrics by Betty Comden
Sep 26, 2005 - Sep 26, 2005
1991 Tony Award® Best Original Score
winner The Will Rogers Follies [winner]
Lyrics by Betty Comden
1986 Tony Award® Best Book of a Musical
Singin' in the Rain [nominee]
Book adapted by Betty Comden
1983 Tony Award® Best Book of a Musical
A Doll's Life [nominee]
Book by Betty Comden
1983 Tony Award® Best Original Score
A Doll's Life [nominee]
Lyrics by Betty Comden
1978 Tony Award® Best Book of a Musical
winner On the Twentieth Century [winner]
Book by Betty Comden
1978 Tony Award® Best Original Score
winner On the Twentieth Century [winner]
Lyrics by Betty Comden
1970 Tony Award® Best Musical
winner Applause [winner]
Book by Betty Comden
1968 Tony Award® Best Composer and Lyricist
winner Hallelujah, Baby! [winner]
Lyrics by Betty Comden
1968 Tony Award® Best Musical
winner Hallelujah, Baby! [winner]
Lyrics by Betty Comden
1961 Tony Award® Best Musical
Do Re Mi [nominee]
Lyrics by Betty Comden
1957 Tony Award® Best Musical
Bells Are Ringing [nominee]
Lyrics by Betty Comden; Book by Betty Comden
1953 Tony Award® Best Musical
winner Wonderful Town [winner]
Lyrics by Betty Comden
1945 Theatre World Award
winner On the Town [recipient]
Also Starring: Betty Comden
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