The Dress Circle: Remembering Mary Rodgers

Mar 25, 2021

For Women’s History Month, we celebrated women composers, and on this week’s Dress Circle (3/28 7:00 p.m.) we’re celebrating one in particular as we remember Mary Rodgers.  Daughter of Richard Rodgers and mother of Adam Guettel, Rodgers composed some delightful songs, but stopped, never even to play the piano again, when she felt that her talent was a “small” one that didn’t merit pursuing.   We, however, love her work and will be showcasing her talents through her book musicals “The Mad Show” and “Once Upon a Mattress” as well as her Golden Book musical story “Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves 40” starring Bing Crosby.

We’ll also sample songs Rodgers wrote for other shows like “Working” and Liza Minnelli’s Carnegie Hall concert.   We definitely think Mary Rodgers is worth remembering, and we hope you will too after this Sunday’s program.