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Flying to Neverland with Peter Panby Betty Comden
Synopses & Reviews
Peter Pan: a live television special on NBC in 2014!
Lyrics from two beloved songs from Peter Pan are transformed into a magical picture book sure to enchant the musicals legions of new and returning fans. Acclaimed songwriters Betty Comden, Adolph Green and Carolyn Leigh knew a thing or two about crafting songs that touch hearts and imaginations and endure for generations. They hit one of their many pinnacles with this pair of lovely odes to a place where dreams are born” and the joys of flying—whether over a sleeping city or inside ones very own bedroom.
The Tony Award-winning actress Phyllis Newman, wife of the late Adolph Green, contributes a personal introduction to the songs. With this and luminous illustrations, including a lavish gatefold of the flying” scene, this is an extraordinary book to give, to cherish, to share.
"Is a truncated Peter Pan better than none at all? Bates's (Minette's Feast) gossamer watercolors give this version of Barrie's story, told primarily through the lyrics of two songs from the 1954 musical, an immediacy and dreamy wildness. Peter is unmistakably feral — he's naked to the waist — while Tinker Bell, although never mentioned directly, is a spitball of jealous fury. Today's overscheduled children should find the lyrics as seductive and heart-tugging as did their parents and grandparents: 'I have a place where dreams are born,/ And time is never planned./ It's not on any chart,/ You must find it with your heart./ Never Never Land' (audio of both songs is available on the publisher's Web site). But because this book starts with Peter flying into the nursery and ends with the arrival of the children on the magical island, both its essential framing device (no Nana! No battling Darlings!) and two thirds of the action (no crocodile! No Captain Hook!) are missing. Readers even remotely familiar with the story may feel cheated — or simply reach for the Disney DVD instead. Ages 4 — up." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
The Tony Award-winning actress Phyllis Newman, wife of the late Adolph Green, contributes a personal introduction to the songs. With this and luminous illustrations, including a lavish gatefold of the "flying" scene, this is an extraordinary book to give, to cherish, to share.
About the Author
Betty Comden and Adolph Green produced six decades-worth of plays, melodies, and lyrics. Drawing on J.M. Barrie's book and play, the duo wrote lyrics for several songs in the 1954 smash hit musical "Peter Pan." The production went on to become a perennial favorite with countless revivals and productions. Their other famed collaborations include "On the Town," "Do Re Me!", "Singing in the Rain," and "Applause", to name but a few. While both are now deceased, their legacy and melodies linger on--on stages, screens, and in this lovely book. Phyllis Newman, a two-time Tony award-winning actress, brings a personal perspective to these songs whose lyrics her late husband wrote with his creative partner, Betty Comden.
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