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Friday, June 27, 2014

Remembering Mary Rodgers 1931 - 2014

Composer and author Mary Rodgers, who died Thursday at age 83, wrote the music for many musicals and revues, including Once Upon a Mattress (1959), From A to Z (1960), Hot Spot (1963), The Mad Show (1966), Working (1978), The Madwoman of Central Park West (1979), and Hey, Love: The Songs of Mary Rodgers (this cabaret show with Faith Prince was performed at NYC's Rainbow & Stars in 1996 and was later recorded). She also wrote children's books, including Freaky Friday (1972), which has been made into three films - the original 1976 version (with a screenplay by Rodgers) starring Barbara Harris and Jodie Foster, a 1995 TV adaptation with Shelley Long and Gaby Hoffman, and a 2003 remake with Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan.

Rodgers was the daughter of composer Richard Rodgers (South Pacific, The Sound of Music) and the mother of composer Adam Guettel (The Light in the Piazza).

Below you can enjoy two songs by Mary Rodgers - "Shy" from Once Upon a Mattress (sung by Carol Burnett in a 1964 TV adaptation) and "The Boy From..." from The Mad Show (sung by Linda Lavin on the original Off-Broadway cast recording with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim).

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