Betty Comden

Performer, Writer, Lyricist, Source Material, Other
( b. May 03, 1917 Brooklyn, New York, USA - d. Nov 23, 2006 New York, New York, USA ) Female
Also known as:     Basya Cohen [Birthname]
Biography: Betty Comden was born Basya Cohen on May 3, 1917 in Brooklyn, New York to Leo and Rebecca Cohen. She studied drama at New York University. She married designer and businessman Steven Kyle, with whom she had her children Susanna and Alan. She published her memoir, "Off Stage," in 1995. Her longtime collaborator was Adolph Green. Their professional partnership lasted more than 60 years.

Film/TV Credits: Film credits include: "Singin' in the Rain," "Auntie Mame," "On the Town," "The Band Wagon," "What a Way to Go!," "Good News," "Dummy," "It's Always Fair Weather," "Bells Are Ringing," and "Garbo Talks." Television credits include: "Frasier," "What's My Line?," "Great Performances," "The Match Game," "American Masters," "The Ed Sullivan Show," and "To Tell the Truth."

Other Awards: Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1980. Inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 1981. Comden and Green received Kennedy Center Honors in 1991.

Trivia:
Comden and Green formed a troupe called the Revuers with Judy Holliday and Leonard Benstein, which performed at the Village Vanguard club in Greenwich Village.
The marquees of Broadway theaters were dimmed in her honor on November 28, 2006.  

Broadway Production Credits

Prince of Broadway
Musical, Revue, Original
Aug 24, 2017 - Oct 29, 2017
Book for "On the Twentieth Century" by Betty Comden
Featuring songs with lyrics by Betty Comden

On the Twentieth Century
Musical, Comedy, Revival
Mar 15, 2015 - Jul 19, 2015
Book by Betty Comden
Lyrics by Betty Comden

On the Town
Musical, Comedy, Revival
Oct 16, 2014 - Sep 06, 2015
Book by Betty Comden
Lyrics by Betty Comden

Barbara Cook's Broadway!
Special, Concert, Original
Mar 28, 2004 - Apr 18, 2004
Featuring songs with lyrics by Betty Comden

Wonderful Town
Musical, Comedy, Revival
Nov 23, 2003 - Jan 30, 2005
Lyrics by Betty Comden

Elaine Stritch At Liberty
Special, Solo, Play with music, Original
Feb 21, 2002 - May 26, 2002
Featuring songs with lyrics by Betty Comden

Bells Are Ringing
Musical, Comedy, Revival
Apr 12, 2001 - Jun 10, 2001
Book by Betty Comden
Lyrics by Betty Comden

Peter Pan
Musical, Comedy, Revival
Apr 07, 1999 - Aug 29, 1999
Additional lyrics by Betty Comden

Peter Pan
Musical, Comedy, Revival
Nov 23, 1998 - Jan 03, 1999
Additional lyrics by Betty Comden

On the Town
Musical, Comedy, Revival
Nov 19, 1998 - Jan 17, 1999
Book by Betty Comden
Lyrics by Betty Comden

Peter Pan
Musical, Comedy, Revival
Nov 26, 1991 - Jan 05, 1992
Additional lyrics by Betty Comden

The Will Rogers Follies
Musical, Original
May 01, 1991 - Sep 05, 1993
Lyrics by Betty Comden

Peter Pan
Musical, Comedy, Revival
Dec 13, 1990 - Jan 20, 1991
Additional lyrics by Betty Comden

Jerome Robbins' Broadway
Musical, Revue, Dance, Original
Feb 26, 1989 - Sep 01, 1990
Additional text by Betty Comden
Featuring songs with lyrics by Betty Comden

Barbara Cook: A Concert for the Theatre
Special, Concert, Original
Apr 15, 1987 - Apr 26, 1987
Featuring songs with lyrics by Betty Comden

Singin' in the Rain
Musical, Comedy, Original
Jul 02, 1985 - May 18, 1986
Book adapted by Betty Comden
Screenplay by Betty Comden
Lyrics for "Moses Supposes" by Betty Comden

A Doll's Life
Musical, Original
Sep 23, 1982 - Sep 26, 1982
Book by Betty Comden
Lyrics by Betty Comden

Peter Pan
Musical, Comedy, Revival
Sep 06, 1979 - Jan 04, 1981
Additional lyrics by Betty Comden

The Madwoman of Central Park West
Musical, Comedy, Original
Jun 13, 1979 - Aug 25, 1979
Featuring songs with lyrics by Betty Comden

On the Twentieth Century
Musical, Comedy, Original
Feb 19, 1978 - Mar 18, 1979
Book by Betty Comden
Lyrics by Betty Comden
Performer: Betty Comden
Letitia Primrose - Replacement

A Party with Betty Comden & Adolph Green
Musical, Revue, Comedy, Revival
Feb 10, 1977 - Apr 30, 1977
Starring: Betty Comden [Performer]

Lorelei
Musical, Comedy, Original
Jan 27, 1974 - Nov 03, 1974
New lyrics by Betty Comden

On the Town
Musical, Comedy, Revival
Oct 31, 1971 - Jan 01, 1972
Book by Betty Comden
Lyrics by Betty Comden

Applause
Musical, Original
Mar 30, 1970 - Jul 27, 1972
Book by Betty Comden

Hallelujah, Baby!
Musical, Original
Apr 26, 1967 - Jan 13, 1968
Lyrics by Betty Comden

Fade Out - Fade In
Musical, Comedy, Original
May 26, 1964 - Apr 17, 1965
Book by Betty Comden
Lyrics by Betty Comden

Dylan
Play, Original
Jan 18, 1964 - Sep 12, 1964
The song "New York, New York" from ON THE TOWN used by kind permission of Betty Comden

Subways Are for Sleeping
Musical, Comedy, Original
Dec 27, 1961 - Jun 23, 1962
Book by Betty Comden
Lyrics by Betty Comden

An Evening With Yves Montand
Special, Solo, Original
Oct 24, 1961 - Dec 16, 1961
"Just in Time" lyrics by Betty Comden

Do Re Mi
Musical, Comedy, Original
Dec 26, 1960 - Jan 13, 1962
Lyrics by Betty Comden

A Party with Betty Comden & Adolph Green
Musical, Revue, Comedy, Original
Dec 23, 1958 - May 23, 1959
Starring: Betty Comden [Performer]
Book by Betty Comden
Lyrics by Betty Comden

Say, Darling
Play, Comedy, Play with music, Original
Apr 03, 1958 - Jan 17, 1959
Lyrics by Betty Comden

Bells Are Ringing
Musical, Comedy, Original
Nov 29, 1956 - Mar 07, 1959
Book by Betty Comden
Lyrics by Betty Comden

Peter Pan
Musical, Comedy, Original
Oct 20, 1954 - Feb 26, 1955
Additional lyrics by Betty Comden

Wonderful Town
Musical, Comedy, Original
Feb 25, 1953 - Jul 03, 1954
Lyrics by Betty Comden

Two on the Aisle
Musical, Revue, Original
Jul 19, 1951 - Mar 15, 1952
Sketches by Betty Comden
Lyrics by Betty Comden

Billion Dollar Baby
Musical, Comedy, Original
Dec 21, 1945 - Jun 29, 1946
Book by Betty Comden
Lyrics by Betty Comden

On the Town
Musical, Comedy, Original
Dec 28, 1944 - Feb 02, 1946
Book by Betty Comden
Also Starring: Betty Comden [Claire DeLoone]
Lyrics by Betty Comden

Benefits and Special Events

On the Twentieth Century
Sep 26, 2005 - Sep 26, 2005
Special, Benefit, Comedy, Concert, Revival
Book by Betty Comden
Lyrics by Betty Comden

Jule's Friends at the Palace
May 19, 1974 - May 19, 1974
Special, Benefit, Original
Performer: Betty Comden [Introduction]
Featuring songs with lyrics by Betty Comden

Awards and Nominations

1991 Tony Award® Best Original Score

nomineeThe Will Rogers Follies [winner]
Lyrics by Betty Comden

1986 Tony Award® Best Book of a Musical

Singin' in the Rain [nominee]
Book adapted by Betty Comden

1983 Tony Award® Best Book of a Musical

A Doll's Life [nominee]
Book by Betty Comden

1983 Tony Award® Best Original Score

A Doll's Life [nominee]
Lyrics by Betty Comden

1978 Tony Award® Best Book of a Musical

nomineeOn the Twentieth Century [winner]
Book by Betty Comden

1978 Tony Award® Best Original Score

nomineeOn the Twentieth Century [winner]
Lyrics by Betty Comden

1970 Tony Award® Best Musical

nomineeApplause [winner]
Book by Betty Comden

1968 Tony Award® Best Composer and Lyricist

nomineeHallelujah, Baby! [winner]
Lyrics by Betty Comden

1968 Tony Award® Best Musical

nomineeHallelujah, Baby! [winner]
Lyrics by Betty Comden

1961 Tony Award® Best Musical

Do Re Mi [nominee]
Lyrics by Betty Comden

1957 Tony Award® Best Musical

Bells Are Ringing [nominee]
Book by Betty Comden; Lyrics by Betty Comden

1953 Tony Award® Best Musical

nomineeWonderful Town [winner]
Lyrics by Betty Comden

1945 Theatre World Award

nomineeOn the Town [recipient]
Also Starring: Betty Comden

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