January 11, Birthday of Mary Rogers (1931-2014)

Since July, I have been concentrating solely on female composers.  You can read about that in my post from July 19.  If I can’t find one born on the calendar day, I won’t post.  On with today’s composer.

Mary Rodgers (January 11, 1931 – June 26, 2014) was an American composer of musicals and an author of children’s books.”   (Wikipedia)

Mary Rodgers was the daughter of Richard Rogers, the composer of many great musicals.  I didn’t know he had a daughter who composed, let alone that she composed the first musical I ever saw–“Once Upon a Mattress.”  That was the vehicle for a very young Carol Burnett when it was shown on television in 1964. The first two songs below come from “Mattress,” which was a huge hit.

She followed this with the music for “The Mad Show,” an Off-Broadway musical review based on Mad Magazine. I’ve included three of the songs. The second of these, “Well it Ain’t” is a parody of Bob Dylan. She wrote the next one, “The Boy From,” a gay parody of “The Girl from Ipanema,” with Stephen Sondheim. It’s a bit daring for 1966 with these lyrics:

“Why are his trousers vermillion?
His trousers are vermillion.
Why does he claim he’s Castilian?
He thayth that he’th Cathtilian.
Why do his friends call him Lillian?
And I hear at the end of the week
He’s leaving to start a boutique.”

“Yesterday I Loved You”

“Hate Song”
“Well it Ain’t”

The Boy From

The Boy From


About kurtnemes
Writer and Education Professional. Specialties include Ethics, Personal Memoir, Classical music, Tai Chi, Stress Reduction, Meditation, Coping, Classical Music, Aging, Love, Joy, Compassion and Equanimity (& what interests me.)

5 Responses to January 11, Birthday of Mary Rogers (1931-2014)

  1. kvennarad says:

    Ace! 😀

    [Kurt, just proof your post and replace ‘say’ with ‘saw’. Thanks.]

    Liked by 1 person

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