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Some Wrong Notes

December 24, 1988

Regarding Don Heckman's analysis of Columbia's recent Broadway cast and sound track reissues (Calendar, Dec. 11):

It was Betty Comden and Adolph Green who co-wrote "On the Town" with Bernstein, not Betty Green and Adolph Comden;

He's confused the Jean Arthur "Peter Pan" with the Mary Martin version (also newly reissued on compact disc by RCA Victor); it was Martin's that was televised in 1955, not Arthur's.

Columbia's "Bye Bye Birdie" is not the sound track, it's the original cast album. The film co-starred Dick Van Dyke with Janet Leigh, not Chita Rivera (RCA's sound track album has also just been released on compact disc).

And, it's film composer John (not Jon) Barry

His ratings of the 17 reissues might be taken more seriously if his research had been a little more careful.


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