Tuesday, August 26, 2008


I saw a piece on SportsCenter about Brett Favre joining the Jets. It started with the host quoting the song "New York, New York." He noted it was written by Leonard Bernstein with lyrics by "two people you never heard of."

Why did he assume all ESPN viewers are stupid? Betty Comden and Adolph Green (whose words were being quoted, not Bernstein's music) are show biz legends. They wrote the lyrics and often the book for over a dozen Broadway musicals (including their first, On The Town, where "New York, New York" comes from), and shared seven Tonys. They also wrote screenplays, including two of the best MGM musicals, Singin' In The Rain and The Band Wagon, and got two Oscar nominations. And they were charming and accomplished performers in their own right.

Notice I didn't give the name of the ESPN guy. But even if I did, he'll be forgotten long before Comden and Green.


Blogger VermontGuy said...

What he meant was that the lyrics were written by two people "he'd" never heard of and by extension, if he'd never heard of them, no one else would've, either.

What a schmuck.

3:51 AM, August 26, 2008  

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