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re: Micki Grant, a star and Tony-nominated writer of 'Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope,' dies at 80
Last Edit: WaymanWong 08:25 pm EDT 08/23/21
Posted by: WaymanWong 08:09 pm EDT 08/23/21
In reply to: re: Micki Grant, a star and Tony-nominated writer of 'Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope,' dies at 80 - Seth Christenfeld 05:13 pm EDT 08/23/21

Thanks, Seth. I took the citation of Grant being ''the first woman to write both the music and lyrics for a Broadway musical'' from news stories about her. And even Grant believed that, telling American Theatre in her final interview: ''I was the first female to do a score of a Broadway musical.''

But Wikipedia confirms Ann Ronell got there earlier: in 1942 with ''Count Me In,'' a revue with a book by Walter Kerr and Leo Brady. Its cast included Jean Arthur and Gower Champion. It ran for 61 shows and got poor reviews, prompting Sigmund Romberg to write Ronell a letter of consolation.

''Count Me In'' didn't appear to have produced any standards, but Ronell is best remembered for one she wrote in 1932: ''Willow, Weep for Me.'' It's been recorded by Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra and even Chad & Jeremy, who had a top 20 hit with it in 1965.

(And in 1933, Ronell and Frank Churchill co-wrote ''Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf?'' for the Disney cartoon of ''Three Little Pigs.'')
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