Wonderful Town

Wonderful Town

by: Multiple Authors

by: Joseph Fields, Jerome Chodorov, Ruth McKenney, Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, Adolph Green

Wonderful Town

Wonderful Town

by: Multiple Authors

by: Joseph Fields, Jerome Chodorov, Ruth McKenney, Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, Adolph Green

Overview

In the summer of 1935, Ruth, an aspiring writer, and Eileen, an actress and dancer, leave rural Ohio to seek success in the big city. Due to their limited budget, the sisters wind up sharing a less-than ideal basement apartment in Greenwich Village. Together and individually, they pursue their dreams, overcome heartbreak, encounter a motley assortment of colorful characters, and - ultimately - find love. The Tony Award-winning Best Musical features a thrilling score by Leonard Bernstein with lyrics by Comden & Green. Highlights include “Ohio,” “Conga,” “One Hundred Easy Ways” and “Wrong Note Rag.”

Details

  • Genre: Adaptations (Stage & Screen), Period, Romantic Comedy
  • Time Period: 1930s
  • Cast Attributes: Expandable casting, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
  • Target Audience: Appropriate for all audiences

Authors

Joseph Fields

Joseph Fields (1895-1966) was the son of actor, producer and theatre owner Lew Fields (who launched Rodgers & Hart's professional career in 1919) and the brother of Herbert and Dorothy Fields (co-librettists of Annie Get Your Gun, among many other credits). Joseph Fields served in the A.E.F. during Worl ...

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Jerome Chodorov

Jerome Chodorov (1911-2004) began his career in Hollywood in the 1930s writing B movies for Republic Pictures. It was there he met his collaborator of 30 years, Joseph Fields. Their best known Broadway plays included: My Sister Eileen, directed by George S. Kaufman (1940), Junior Miss (1941), the T ...

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Ruth McKenney

Leonard Bernstein

Composer, conductor, pianist, teacher, thinker, and adventurous spirit, Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) transformed the way Americans and people everywhere hear and appreciate music. Bernstein's successes as a composer ranged from the Broadway stage - West Side Story, On the Town, Wonderful Town, and Cand ...

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Betty Comden

Betty Comden (1917-2006) was an award-winning screenwriter, librettist and lyricist, co-writing with her longtime creative partner, Adolph Green. Comden and Green had a groundbreaking partnership of over 60 years, winning Tony Awards for their lyrics and/or librettos for Applause, Wonderful Town, Hallelujah Baby ...

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Adolph Green

Adolph Green (1914-2002) was an award-winning screenwriter, librettist and lyricist, co-writing with his longtime creative partner, Betty Comden. Comden and Green had a groundbreaking partnership of over 60 years, winning Tony Awards for their lyrics and/or librettos for Applause, Wonderful Town, Hallelujah Baby ...

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