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Adolph Green (I) (1914–2002)

Songwriter ("New York, New York", "The Party's Over", "Just in Time", "Make Someone Happy"), author and actor, educated at City College of New York. While he was a student, he acted with the Washington Square Players and had a part in the road company of "Having a Wonderful Time". A member of The Revuers with Betty Comden (with whom he also ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 8 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »


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On the Town Writer


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 1993 Great Performances (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1973 Applause (TV Movie) (stage production book)
 1967 ABC Stage 67 (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1966 Loistokaupunki (TV Movie) (musical play "On the Town")
 1965 Hallo - Mr. Moss (TV Movie) (musical)
 1964 What a Way to Go! (screenplay)
 1960 Bells Are Ringing (musical play "Bells Are Ringing") / (screen play)
 1958 Auntie Mame (screenplay)
 1955 It's Always Fair Weather (screenplay) / (story)
 1953 The Band Wagon (story by)
 1952 Singin' in the Rain (story by)
 1949 On the Town (based upon the musical play whose book was by) / (screenplay)
 1949 The Barkleys of Broadway (original screenplay)
 1947 Good News (screenplay)
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Show Show Soundtrack (144 credits)
Show Show Thanks (6 credits)
Show Show Self (49 credits)
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(December 10, 2004 to February 13, 2005) He and Betty Comden were lyricists for the musical, "Hallelujah, Baby!," in George Street Playhouse and The Arena Stage production at the Kreeger Theater in Washington D.C. Jule Styne was composer. Arthur Laurents wrote the book and was also director. See more »

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Phyllis Newman  (his death)  (2 children) | See more »

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[To Louis B. Mayer, who had mused wistfully 'Whatever happened to the songs of yesteryear?'] I don't know, I don't know, where did I put them? Betty, Andre, where did we put those songs of yesteryear? Can you remember?' [Running around, looking in drawers] 'Didn't we put them somewhere here?' See more »


Won seven Tony Awards, always with collaborator Betty Comden: in 1953, lyrics as part of Best Musical win for "Wonderful Town;" in 1968, as Best Composer and Lyricist, with Jule Styne, and lyrics as part of Best Musical win for "Hallelujah, Baby!;" in 1970, book as part of Best Musical win for "Applause;" in 1978, as Best Score, lyrics with music by Cy Coleman, and Best Book (Musical) for "On the... See more »

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