The same year, Wright and Forrest adapted a Rudolf Friml piano piece called "Chansonette." It became "The Donkey Serenade," a smash hit sung by Allan Jones in "The Firefly."
But, he added, both "Maytime" and "The Firefly" set a precedent of having Wright and Forrest adapt other people's music.
In 1942, when MGM wanted the partners to rewrite Rodgers and Hart's hit musical "I Married an Angel," Kreuger said, they were outraged at being asked to rewrite the work of Broadway legends. They did it, he said, but then quit the studio.
Before leaving MGM, they wrote a small musical revue called "Thank You, Columbus," which had a short run in Los Angeles.
"Once you write anything for the stage and you put it in front of an audience and you hear them react, then the movies become very dreary and dull," Wright said.
Moving to New York to write for cabaret and radio, they created special material for performers such as Jimmy Durante, Sophie Tucker, Joe E. Lewis and Carmen Miranda.
For producer Edwin Lester, Wright and Forrest wrote "Song of Norway" for the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera. The musical, based on the life of Grieg using the Norwegian composer's own melodies, opened in Los Angeles in summer 1944. That fall, it moved to Broadway, where it ran for two years.
In 1995, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers presented the team with the Richard Rodgers/ASCAP Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contributions to the American Musical Theater.
Before Forrest's death in 1999 at age 84, he and Wright were working on several possible musical projects.
Wright is survived by his brother, Jack, of Gloversville, N.Y.