News for “Marshall Barer”

Porchlight Music Theatre Presents ‘Rodgers, Rodgers & Guettel’ Concert, 4/4
Broadway World
Tony Award-winner Adam Guettel (The Light in the Piazza, Floyd Collins) is the son of composer and author Mary Rodgers (Once Upon a Mattress, Working) and grandson of Tony

Once Upon A Mattress” to open next week at Penfield High School
By Amanda Seef, staff writer “Once Upon a Mattress” is a musical comedy with music by Mary Rogers and lyrics by Marshall Barer

Busy Timmy (Timmy is a Big Boy Now) – Music by Alec Wilder Lyrics by Marshall Barer

Music by Alec Wilder
Lyrics by Marshall Barer.
Introduced by Anne Lloyd, Dick Byron and the Sandpipers.
Published by Golden Record in 1951
Review from Billboard February 10, 1951 “Another Wilder-Barer original based on a Little Golden book. This one has pop potential. Fine follow-up for book buyers. For tots”


Timmy put his shoes on by himself
Ever since they showed him how
He can tie a lace
He can wash his face
Timmy is a big boy now

He can eat the supper by himself
And he never makes a raw
He can climb the stairs
He can comb his hair
Timmy is a big boy now

He grows so fast
As days goes past
He never looks the same
He’ll soon be bright enoght to
Write his name

He can do so many big boy things
He deserves to take a bow

He can tire his lace
He can climb the stairs
He can count his toes
He can blow his nose
He can snap the light
And say “Good night”
For Timmy is a big boy now

Beyond Compare – Music by David Ross Lyrics by Marshall Barer

Cover of Venice Venice

Words by Marshall Barer
Music by David Collin Ross
Published by BING CLAWSBY
Marshall sang this song in the
a song for HENRY JAGLOM‘s film “Venice/Venice” he also appeared in the film with Ross
In the liner notes of  “The Time Has Come!: The Songs of Marshall Barer ” Marshall wrote about this song  that “[DAVID ROSS] wishes I wouldn’t keep referring to the melody as one which might have been written by Jerome Kern. I can’t think why”


How do I love thee
Let my count the ways
One, two, three, four, five millions
This will take me days
and days
and days

Shall I, my love, compare thee to
Baba au rhum or summer’s day?
Handel chorale or Malibu?
Rubens, Ravel or Mel Torme?
Is there a better metaphor
For how I melt
Beholding you?
Or shall the glow I so adore
Only be felt
Enfolding you?
Racking my brain for fitting praise!
Seeking in vain the perfect phrase!
Poring through piles of poems and plays!
Haunting the aisles at Doubleday’s!
I might convey
The state I’m in
If I could play
The mandolin;
Since I cannot, I’ll just declare
You are beyond compare
And leave it right there.

Who could compose
Your valentine?
Not Billy Rose,
Nor Gertrude Stein.
Only a “Hart” like Larry might
Tell you what burns in mine tonight.

That which of which there’s only one
Simply defines comparison
So I repeat in sweet despair
You’re beyond Compare

How do I love thee… This is a quote from “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861)

Shall I, my love, compare thee to
.. another quote. This is, of course, from “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” by William Shakespeare

Haunting the aisles at Doubleday’s! The Doubleday Publishing Group is a publishing company. It was founded as Doubleday & McClure Company in 1897 by Frank Nelson Doubleday, who had formed a partnership with magazine publisher Samuel McClure.
Doubleday also owns several bookstores.

Not Billy Rose not Gertrude Stein a funny fact that I’m not sure Marshall was aware of: several musical historians believe that Lorenz Hart, at the beginning of his carrer, worked for Billy Rose as ghost writer and that most of the lyrics written by Rose were actually by Hart.

Sweet despair
this is what in retoric you can call an oxymoron: figure of speech that combines contradictory terms.

News for “Marshall Barer” 02/21/2011 02/27/2011

Mount’s Production of ‘Once Upon a Mattress’ Promises to Enchant …
Once Upon a Mattress, the musical comedy that opened on Broadway in 1959, with music by Mary Rodgers and lyrics by Marshall Barer, will be staged at the …

O-T presents Once Upon a Mattress musical
The musical is a Mary Rodgers and Marshall Barer adaptation of the Hans Christian Anderson fairytale The Princess and the Pea. The performances start at …