The Playbill Vault Remembers Tony Award Winner Betty Comden

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23 Nov 2013

Betty Comden, the legendary lyricist-librettist who — with her longtime writing partner Adolph Green — created such iconic musicals as Bells Are Ringing and On the Town, died Nov. 23, 2006, at the age of 89. The Playbill Vault highlights some of her many contributions to American theatre.



Comden and Green's first Broadway musical was 1944's On the Town, about three sailors on leave in New York City during World War II. They wrote the book and lyrics and also performed in the show, with Comden as Claire DeLoone and Green as Ozzie.

On the Town enjoyed a 462-performance run and has since been revived twice on Broadway. The first Broadway revival opened Oct. 31, 1971, at the Imperial Theatre and featured Phyllis Newman, Bernadette Peters and Donna McKechnie.

Read the 1971 On the Town Playbill here.

The second Broadway revival opened at the Gershwin Theatre Nov. 22, 1998, with Lea DeLaria, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Mary Testa.

Read the 1998 On the Town Playbill here.

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