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They Made Us HappyBetty Comden & Adolph Green's Musicals & Movies$
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Andy Propst

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190630935

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190630935.001.0001

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Going Backstage, Then Getting Nostalgic

Going Backstage, Then Getting Nostalgic

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(p.188) Chapter 16 Going Backstage, Then Getting Nostalgic
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They Made Us Happy
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Andy Propst

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190630935.003.0016

As the 1960s end and the 1970s begin, Betty Comden and Adolph Green worked on two new shows. The first was Applause, which though set in then-present-day New York was something of a backward glance. It was a musical version of the classic Bette Davis film All About Eve. The show, which had a score by composer Charles Strouse and lyricist Lee Adams, was a hit for the writers and its star, film luminary Lauren Bacall, who was making her debut in a musical. They followed with another nostalgic piece of writing, Lorelei, a revision of the musical Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, penned specifically for its original star, Carol Channing. Comden and Green were only to provide lyrics for a handful of new songs, but when the production was foundering on the road they stepped in as its directors, working on it for over a year.

Keywords:   Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Broadway, musical theater, Jule Styne, Charles Strouse, Lauren Bacall, All About Eve, Carol Channing, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

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