BROADWAY COMPOSER MARY RODGERS DIES

Jun 27, 2014

By Scott Walker

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A member of Broadway royalty has died.

maryrodgersMary Rodgers was the daughter of composer and producer Richard Rodgers, and a composer in her own right.

Rodgers first achieved fame as the composer of the 1959 musical, Once Upon a Mattress. Based on the fable, The Princess and the Pea, it made Carol Burnett a star.

 

 

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Mary Rodgers wrote several other shows. In 1966, she wrote a song for a revue called The Mad Show with a lyricist identified as Esteban Rio Nido. An answer song to the Sixties hit,  The Girl From Ipanema, the lyricist’s name was a literal translation of the writer’s real name, Stephen Sondheim.

Mary Rodgers also wrote several books. One of them,  Freaky Friday, became a hit movie

Rodgers was the second of three generations of Broadway composers. Her son, Adam Guettel, wrote Broadway’s Light in the Piazza.

Mary Rodgers was 83.

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