If I say “New York, New York, it’s a helluva town,” it’s a safe bet that quite a few of you (particularly those of a certain age) will answer “the Bronx is up at the Battery’s down.”
Because you know the song. You’ve heard the song more than a few times.
But do you know where the song originated? And do you know who wrote it?
It debuted in 1944 on Broadway in the big wartime musical On The Town with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics and Book by Betty Comden and Adolph Green (both of who also starred in the show) and direction by Broadway great George Abbott. Read more…