“Forgotten Hollywood”- Passing of a Broadway Composer…

Posted on June 27, 2014 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here… mary rodgers

   Mary Rodgers was the daughter of Broadway icon Richard Rodgers who found her own fame as composer of the 1959 musical Once Upon a Mattress. The production was a musical adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen fable The Princess and the Pea, and made a star of Carol Burnett. The comedic actor and the musical received Tony nominations. Rodgers was also a children’s book author who scored big with Freaky Friday, in which a mother and daughter trade bodies. The book was twice adapted into a Disney movie, most recently in 2003 starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan.                                  MARY RODGERS ——->

   Ms. Rodgers grew up in a household steeped in music and theatre culture. The daughter of South Pacific and Flower Drum Song composer Richard Rodgers and Dorothy Rodgers, Mary was also the mother of a musical theater composer, Adam Guettel, a Tony Award winner for The Light in the Piazza. Her dad had iconic collaborative efforts with Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein. Mary’s other shows include From A to Z, a revue featuring her songs; and two other short-lived shows: Hot Spot and The Madwoman of Central Park West, a one-person musical starring Phyllis Newman.

   Mary was a director of the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization and a board member of ASCAP. She also served for as chairman of the Juilliard School.

   Mary Rodgers was 83.


   This weekend I will spend treasured time discussing Self-Publishing in the Digital Age at the 2014 Southwest Technology and Computer Conference. For our tech-savvy friends in Southern California, come down Sunday and pick up a copy of my Forgotten Hollywood Book Series. Here are the details:


Kellogg West Conference Center

3801 W. Temple Avenue, Building 76, Pomona, CA


Presentation – Workshop – Book Signing

June 29th

Sunday 9a – 12p



Until next time>                               “never forget”

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