Mary Rodgers, Broadway Composer & Author, Dies at 83

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Jonathan Schwartz remembers Mary Rodgers: 

"I received the news of Mary Rodgers’ death with sadness. Mary was one of two daughters of Richard Rodgers and his wife Dorothy.  

She was an accomplished songwriter, author of children’s books and wrote for the theater. Her work includes Once Upon A Mattress, From A to Z, The Mad Show and Hot Spot, as well as writing the children’s books Freaky Friday, Summer Switch and The Rotten Book.

Her son Adam Guettel has been a successful lyricist and composer: Light in the Piazza and Floyd Collins.

My very best to the Rodgers family,


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Comments [3]

Dolly Ellen Friedman from Battery Park

Whenever I had the good fortune to see Mary Rodgers, and hear her
very honest and forthright observations about life and of course particularly
as daughter to Richard Rodgers, I was truly impressed. She never
seemed to put on airs, or make herself seem more important, but was always a literate and
witty storyteller. .She will be sorely missed. Rest well, dear lady.

Jul. 10 2014 06:34 PM
Ed Chilton from Bay City, , Michigan

How proud Mary was of her father's musical score for the television series Victory At Sea! As a boy - while studying the trumpet - I watched this marvelous series on black & white TV. The beguine I met as Under the Southern Cross resurfaced as No Other Love Have I. Goodbye, Mary, and thanks - we'll miss you.

Jun. 28 2014 01:58 PM
Alan Gordon from Toronto

i have been trying without success to find the Frank Rich interview with Mary Rodgers that you mentioned yesterday
Do you have a URL for it?
Thank you

Jun. 28 2014 10:54 AM

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