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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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Serious Screen Fare, but Flying High on Stage

Serious Screen Fare, but Flying High on Stage

(p.95) Chapter 9 Serious Screen Fare, but Flying High on Stage
They Made Us Happy

Andy Propst

Oxford University Press

After a false start on one project for MGM (which did ultimately resurface for them a few years later), Comden and Green discovered that Gene Kelly loved an idea they had had for a follow-up to the stage musical On the Town, and that scenario (about three guys reuniting ten years after their service together in World War II) became the basis for their newest film. With music by André Previn, the movie, It’s Always Fair Weather, starred Kelly, along with Dan Dailey and Michael Kidd. Before they completed work on the screenplay a call from Jerome Robbins had them at work on their next stage project; they contributed additional songs to the new version of Peter Pan he was staging. It was the classic that starred Mary Martin.

Keywords:   Broadway, musical theater, MGM, Gene Kelly, It’s Always Fair Weather, André Previn, Peter Pan, Mary Martin, Jerome Robbins, movie musicals

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