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Tony Award winner Phyllis Newman is at work on a new musical about her life with her late husband, the famed lyricist Adolph Green.
Phyllis Newman (right) and Adolph Green
Phyllis Newman (right) and Adolph Green Photo by Aubrey Reuben

With a working title of Newman & Green, the musical love story would star Newman as well as a small cast of actors. A spokesperson for Newman confirmed to Playbill On-Line that British director Jude Kelly, the artistic director of the West Yorkshire Playhouse, is helping Newman shape the musical, which will feature new tunes plus songs from the Comden and Green songbook. A workshop is planned for late spring. Phyllis Newman made her Broadway debut in 1952 in the original musical comedy Wish You Were Here. She received a Tony Award for her performance in Subways Are for Sleeping and a Tony nomination for her work in Neil Simon's Broadway Bound. Her other Broadway credits include Bells Are Ringing, First Impressions, Moonbirds, The Apple Tree, On the Town, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, The Madwoman of Central Park West and Awake and Sing! She married Adolph Green in 1960 with whom she has two children, Amanda and Adam. Newman is the founder of the Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative, part of the Actors' Fund of America.

With writing partner Betty Comden, Adolph Green created On the Town, Bells Are Ringing, Wonderful Town On the 20th Century as well as the film "Singin' in the Rain." Their many songs include "New York, New York," "Lucky to be Me," "Make Someone Happy," "A Little Bit in Love," "Ohio," "Just in Time," "The Party's Over," "Long Before I Knew You," "Never Never Land," "Comes Once in a Lifetime," "I'm Just Taking My Time," "My Own Morning," "Never Met a Man I Didn't Like," "Look Around" and more. The award-winning Green died Oct. 23, 2002, at age 87.

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