Sunday, May 1, 2016

Our Broadway Blender...having blended, moves on.

 Fred Astaire and Leroy Daniels and A Shine On My Shoes...
an Arthur Schwartz/Howard Dietz tune lifted from
Flying Colors, a musical revue from 1932,
and placed in The Band Wagon, 1953.
Comden and Green wrote the screenplay,
and were the role models for 2 of the characters:
Lily and Lester Martin, played by Nanette Fabray and Oscar Levant. 

 It was all Mary's idea.
"Hey, what if I wash my hair 
when I sing this Rodgers and Hammerstein song?"
Well, okay, if you REALLY want to, Mary.
South Pacific...2 thousand performances...and a lot of Breck.

 The 2008 revival of Gypsy...
rave reviews for Laura Benanti as Louise,
Patti LuPone as Mama Rose,
and Boyd Gaines as Herbie.
Laura turned out to be a hell of Gypsy Rose Lee.

 Rene Auberjonois and Gregg Edelman
in City Of Angels.
Buddy Fiddler, producer-director-tyrant, 
"guiding" our hero to screenplay success.
"Trust me, I've been thru de Mille!"

Betty Comden and Adolph Green
wrote the screenplay for Singin' In The Rain,
which had music from shows of the 1930s,
like Broadway Melody of 1936 and Sadie McKee.
But Comden and Green teamed up with Roger Edens
to write "Moses Supposes."
Cosmo Brown and Don Lockwood!

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