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Songwriter Betty Comden dies at 89

NEW YORK, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Betty Comden, who collaborated with Adolph Green on some of America's most popular Broadway and movie musicals, died at 89 in New York Thursday.

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Today is Friday, Dec. 2, the 336th day of 2005 with 29 to follow.
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Broadway legend Cy Coleman dies at 75

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Cy Coleman, the legendary composer of such Broadway show tunes as "Big Spender" and "If They Could See Me Now," has died at 75.
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LOS ANGELES, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Cy Coleman, the legendary Broadway composer who wrote "Big Spender," "If They Could See Me Now" and "Witchcraft," has died at age 75.

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'Wonderful Town' is a Donna Murphy triumph

NEW YORK, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- The Great White Way is always looking for new star power to keep audiences coming to its shows, and the emergence of Donna Murphy as lustrous musical comedy star is just what the Broadway show doctor ordered.

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Adolph Green
NYP2002120303 - NEW YORK, Dec. 3 (UPI) Composer Cy Coleman, who wrote two Broadway musicals with lyricist Adolph Green, performs at Green's memorial tribute held on Dec.3, 2002 at New York's Shubert theatre. Green, the author of "Singing in the Rain", "On The Town", "Peter Pan" and others died on Oct. 23, 2002, at the age of 87. rlw/ep/Ezio Petersen UPI

Adolph Green (December 2, 1914  – October 23, 2002) was an American lyricist and playwright who, with long-time collaborator Betty Comden, penned the screenplays and songs for some of the most beloved movie musicals, particularly as part of Arthur Freed's production unit at MGM, during the genre's heyday. Many people thought the pair were married; they were not, but they shared a unique comic genius and sophisticated wit that enabled them to forge a six-decade-long partnership that produced some of Hollywood and Broadway's greatest hits.

Green was born in The Bronx to Hungarian-Jewish immigrants Daniel and Helen Weiss Green. After high school, he worked as a runner on Wall Street while he tried to make it as an actor. He met Comden through mutual friends in 1938 while she was studying drama at New York University. They formed a troupe called the Revuers, which performed at the Village Vanguard, a club in Greenwich Village. Among the members of the company was a young comedian named Judy Tuvim, who later changed her name to Judy Holliday, and Green's good friend, a young musician named Leonard Bernstein, frequently accompanied them on the piano. The act's success earned them a movie offer and the Revuers traveled west in hopes of finding fame in Greenwich Village, a 1944 movie starring Carmen Miranda and Don Ameche, but their roles were so small they barely were noticed, and they quickly returned to New York.

Their first Broadway effort joined them with Bernstein for On the Town, a musical romp 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 lyrics and book, which included sizeable parts for themselves. Their next two musicals, Billion Dollar Baby (1945) and Bonanza Bound (1947) were not successful, and once again they headed to California, where they immediately found work at MGM.

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