New York, New York (On the Town)
"New York, New York" is a song from the 1944 musical On the Town and the 1949 MGM musical film of the same name. The music was written by Leonard Bernstein and the lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. A well known line of this song is, "New York, New York, a helluva town. The Bronx is up but the Battery's down." For the film version, the word "helluva" was changed to "wonderful" to appease the Production Code offices. In 2004 the film version finished at #41 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs survey of top tunes in American cinema.
In popular culture
Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman sing the chorus of the song in Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
The song was parodied in an episode of The Critic.
The song was performed by the bells on Disney's Sing Along video: Let's Go to the Circus.
During Wheel of Fortune's first road trip to New York in 1988, the song was played over an image montage of the city, and the lyrics were altered from "It's a helluva town" to "It's a wonderful town".
- Stevenson, Joseph. "For New York, variations on themes of Leonard Bernstein for orchestra". AllMusic. Retrieved January 30, 2015.
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