- Rida Johnson Young
Rida Johnson Young (
February 28 1869[The year of birth is given as 1869 by IMDB and IBDB. [http://nfo.net/cal/ty2.html Pfeffer's index of composers and lyricists] explicitly says "1875 (Not 1869)", but doesn't elaborate, and contains an attribution error for "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling," casting doubt on its reliability. – May 8 1926) was a U.S. playwright, songwriter, and librettist.IBDB: [http://www.ibdb.com/person.asp?ID=8334 Rida Johnson Young] (Retrieved on November 21, 2007)] In her career, Young wrote nearly thirty plays and musicals, and over 500 songs. [ [http://books.google.com/books?id=OVRHUusi38kC&pg=PA295&lpg=PA295&dq=%22rida+johnson+young%22+%22brown+of+harvard%22+%22naughty+marietta%22&source=web&ots=2MdA07nNl4&sig=4PXjBPo06G0LckcT0P6-VAagZcg#PPA296,M1 Serafin, Steven and Alfred Bendixen. "The Continuum Encyclopedia of American Literature"] (2003) Continuum International Publishing Group, p. 296 ISBN 0826417779] She was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970. Her lyrics included "Mother Machree", " Italian Street Song", "I'm Falling in Love with Someone", and "Will You Remember?".
Life and career
Young was born in
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. She was an actress early in her career with both the Viola Allen and E. H. SothernBroadway (New York) companies [http://nfo.net/cal/ty2.html Biography of Young] ] before working for the music publisher Isidore Witmark. As a playwright, her first work, "Lord Byron", was produced in 1900 by actor-producer James Young, whom she later married. [ [http://www.answers.com/topic/rida-johnson-young Profile at Answers.com] ]
Broadway plays and musicals
Young's "Brown of Harvard", which opened in 1906 at
Princess Theatreand is the basis for a silent movie from 1911, is the first Broadway play written by Young and contains her song "When Love Is Young". [cite news
title=" BROWN OF HARVARD" IS PLEASANT BUT FAMILIAR; University Life as It Is Usually Seen on the Stage. VERY AGREEABLY ACTED John the Orangeman Makes His Debut and Provides the Only Real Note of Pathos.
New York Times
accessdate=2008-08-09] This was followed by the 1907 comic play "The Boys of Company "B" which premiered at the Lyceum Theatre and featured
Florence Nashin her Broadway debut. "The Lancers" was a 1907 musical with music and lyrics by Cecilia Loftus and George Spink. "Glorious Betsy", a 1908 play [cite news
title=HISTORY MADE OVER IN "GLORIOUS BETSY"; Play Deals with Marriage of Jerome Napoleon in a Familiar Theatrical Way. MISS MANNERING CHARMING Foolish Attempt to Represent a Fog at Sea Almost Starts a Dangerous Panic.
New York Times
accessdate=2008-08-09] that was remade as a "silent film of the same name" in 1928 directed by
Alan Crosland, was nominated for an Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay. The play "The Lottery Man" opened at Bijou Theatrein 1909 and ran for 200 performances. The film version from 1916 featured Oliver Hardy. "Ragged Robin", a musical set in Ireland in 1830, is based on a book by Young. It opened at Academy of Music in 1910 and ran for only 16 performances.
Young wrote book and lyrics to the
operetta"Naughty Marietta", composer Victor Herbert's greatest success. Produced by Oscar Hammerstein, it opened at New York Theatrein 1910 and run for 136 performances and was frequently revived. A film version from 1935 was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. Further Broadway productions with contributions from Young are "Barry of Ballymore" (1911), "Next" (1911, a play), "Macushla" (1912, with music by Ernest R. Ball), "The Red Petticoat" (1912, with music by Jerome Kern), "The Isle o' Dreams" (1913, with music by Ernest R. Ball), "The Girl and the Pennant" (1913, a play), "Shameen Dhu" (1914, a play), [cite news
title=OLCOTT IN "SHAMEEN DHU."; Rida Johnson Young's New Play Pleases at Grand Opera House.
New York Times
accessdate=2008-08-09] "Lady Luxury" (1914, with music by William Schroeder), "Captain Kidd, Jr". (1916, 128 performances), [cite news
title='CAPTAIN KIDD, JR.,' FULL OF LAUGHTER; Humor of Rida Johnson Young's Farce Lies in Its Broadly Comic Characters.
New York Times
accessdate=2008-08-09] "Her Soldier Boy" (
Astor Theatre1916, with music by Emmerich Kalman, 198 performances), "His Little Widows" (1917, with music by William Schroeder), "Maytime" (Shubert Theatre 1917, 492 performances), "Sometime" (Shubert Theatre 1918, 283 performances), "Little Simplicity" ( Astor Theatre1918, with music by Augustus Barratt, 112 performances), "The Voice of McConnell" (1918), "Little Old New York" ( Plymouth Theatre1920, a play, 308 performances), "The Midnight Rounders of 1921" (1920), " The Dream Girl" ( Ambassador Theatre1924, with music by Victor Herbert, 117 performances) and "Cock O' the Roost" (1924, a play).
In 1926, at the age of 57, Young died in
Stamford, Connecticut, after a long struggle with breast cancer.
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