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Adolph Green

Biography

Born: December 2, 1914; New York, NY   Died: October 24, 2002; New York, NY  
Adolph Green, in his long-standing collaboration with Betty Comden, was one of the legendary musical theater lyricists, writing for such classic Broadway musicals as On the Town, Peter Pan, The Bandwagon, and The Will Rogers Follies, as well as the MGM movie musicals Singin' in the Rain and The Bandwagon. Their partnership was the longest-lived in Broadway history, spanning six decades. Early in his career, Green wrote songs and throughout, Read more occasionally appeared on-stage or in films, but his legacy as a writer of lyrics and screenplays is his great claim to fame. He and Comden originally planned to become actors and met in 1938 in New York. They and other aspiring performers formed a comedy and music troupe, the Revuers, which was soon a popular Greenwich Village attraction. The guest artists included several soon-to-be stars such as Judy Holliday and Leonard Bernstein. In 1944, they wrote their first musical, On the Town, based on Bernstein and choreographer Jerome Robbins' ballet Fancy Free, and premiered it that December. This early success, which attracted Hollywood's attention, was followed by many other triumphs in both films and stage musicals, including Billion Dollar Baby in 1945, Good News in 1947, The Barkleys of Broadway in 1949 (the same year On the Town was made into a film), Two on the Aisle in 1951, the screenplay for Singin' in the Rain in 1952, The Bandwagon in 1953, and Bells Are Ringing in 1956. In 1953, they won their first Tony Award, for Wonderful Town, another collaboration with Bernstein. While they are best known for cheerful, vibrant works, they also pointed out the funny aspects of the dark side of entertainment, as in their 1955 Always Fair Weather. By 1958, they were popular enough to create a show much like their early Revuers material, A Party With Betty Comden and Adolph Green. 1958 brought their first nonmusical script, Auntie Mame. For a time thereafter, they produced relatively minor works, but returned in 1978 with On the Twentieth Century; in 1982 with their one major failure, A Doll's Life; and again in 1991 with The Will Rogers Follies. In the same year, the pair received the Writer's Guild Screen Laurel Award. Read less
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  • 1.
    Bernstein: Candide / Hadley, Anderson, Bernstein
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002092109 Release Date: 07/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein
    Performer:  Adolph Green,  Christa Ludwig,  Nicolai Gedda,  Jerry Hadley  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
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  • 2.
    Leonard Bernstein Collection Vol 1 [59 CDs & 1 DVD]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 2027800 Release Date: 04/22/2014   Number of Discs: 60
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Leonard Bernstein,  Benjamin Britten  ... 
    Performer:  René Kollo,  Dame Gwyneth Jones,  Kurt Moll,  Hanna Schwarz  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Michael Tilson Thomas,  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Concert Choir,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra  ... 
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  • 3.
    Bernstein: Theatre Works
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001476602 Release Date: 10/19/2010   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein
    Performer:  Tyne Daly,  Cleo Laine,  Samuel Ramey,  Frederica Von Stade  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas,  Leonard Bernstein,  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Voices,  London Symphony Chorus  ... 
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    Bernstein - The Best Of All Possible Worlds
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001187802 Release Date: 09/16/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Gustav Mahler,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Performer:  Neil Percy,  Thomas Hampson,  Simon Carrington,  Frederica Von Stade  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Michael Tilson Thomas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Bernstein: On The Town / Tilson Thomas, Von Stade, Hampson
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 437516 Release Date: 09/02/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein
    Performer:  Nicholas Sears,  Lindsay Benson,  Meriel Dickinson,  Cleo Laine  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Voices
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  • 6.
    Bernstein: Candide / Hadley, Anderson, Ludwig
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000690509 Release Date: 10/10/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein
    Performer:  Christa Ludwig,  Nicolai Gedda,  Jerry Hadley,  June Anderson  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Chorus,  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 7.
    Weekend Classics - A Leonard Bernstein Weekend
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000577002 Release Date: 01/10/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein
    Performer:  Louise Edeiken,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Kurt Ollmann,  Stephen Bogardus  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chorus,  Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 8.
    Bernstein: Candide / Bernstein, Hadley, Anderson, Ludwig
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 429734 Release Date: 01/09/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein
    Performer:  Della Jones,  Adolph Green,  John Treleaven,  Richard Suart  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
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  • 9.
    Leonard Bernstein - A Total Embrace - The Composer
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 90582 Release Date: 09/09/2003   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein
    Performer:  Isaac Stern,  Alan Titus,  Julian Patrick,  Nancy Williams  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Symphony of the Air,  New York Philharmonic,  Berkshire Boys Choir  ... 
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  • 10.
    Bernstein: Symphonic Dances From West Side Story, Etc
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 474426 Release Date: 03/11/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein
    Performer:  Christa Ludwig,  Della Jones,  Kurt Ollmann,  Nicolai Gedda  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus,  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 11.
    Sondheim: Follies In Concert / Cook, Remick, Patinkin, Hearn
    Label: Image Entertainment   Catalog: 1042 Release Date: 07/24/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Stephen Sondheim
    Performer:  Mandy Patinkin,  Barbara Cook,  Lee Remick,  George Hearn  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Gemignani
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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  • 12.
    One Hand, One Heart - Bernstein's Greatest Love Songs
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 463598 Release Date: 01/11/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein
    Performer:  Adolph Green,  Nicolai Gedda,  Della Jones,  June Anderson  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Michael Tilson Thomas,  John Owen Edwards
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Chorus,  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Voices  ... 
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  • 13.
    Weill: Lady In The Dark / Stevens, Kaye, Abravanel
    Label: Sony Classical Masterworks   Catalog: 62869 Release Date: 06/03/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Kurt Weill
    Performer:  Danny Kaye,  Kenneth Bridges,  John Reardon,  Stephanie Augustine  ... 
    Conductor:  Maurice Abravanel,  Lehman Engel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chorus,  Orchestra
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  • 14.
    Bernstein Conducts Candide / Hadley, Anderson, Green, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 449656 Release Date: 04/15/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein
    Performer:  June Anderson,  Jerry Hadley,  Christa Ludwig,  Adolph Green  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
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  • 15.
    Bernstein On Broadway
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 447898 Release Date: 02/13/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein
    Performer:  Jerry Hadley,  June Anderson,  Adolph Green,  Christa Ludwig  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Michael Tilson Thomas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus,  Orchestra  ... 
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    Sondheim: Follies In Concert / Cook, Remick, Patinkin, Hearn
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 27128 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Stephen Sondheim
    Performer:  Adolph Green,  Elaine Stritch,  Betty Comden,  Phyllis Newman  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Gemignani
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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