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The World of Her Father

Charlotte Greenspan

in Pick Yourself Up: Dorothy Fields and the American Musical

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780195111101
eISBN:
9780199865703
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195111101.003.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter focuses on the show business career of Dorothy's father Lew Fields. Fields and childhood friend Joe Weber first developed was a patchwork of entertaining bits—songs, dances, and humor, ... More


The Brief Career of Herbert Richard Lorenz

Frederick Nolan

in Lorenz Hart: A Poet on Broadway

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195102895
eISBN:
9780199853212
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195102895.003.0008
Subject:
Music, Popular

Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers, and Herbert Fields had been working intermittently on a show called Winkle Town, in which a fellow invents an electronic system that renders electric wires obsolete and ... More


The Summer Camps and Varsity Shows

Dominic Symonds

in We’ll Have Manhattan: The Early Work of Rodgers & Hart

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199929481
eISBN:
9780190216870
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199929481.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

This chapter traces the first six years of Rodgers and Hart’s collaboration, from 1919 to 1925. It takes in their formative experiences writing shows at summer camps and for charity benefits, then ... More


A Lonely Romeo

Frederick Nolan

in Lorenz Hart: A Poet on Broadway

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195102895
eISBN:
9780199853212
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195102895.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Popular

Phil Leavitt's parents had rented a house next door to the summer home of the producer Lew Fields. In short order, Leavitt got acquainted with Fields's dark-eyed daughter, Dorothy Fields. He ... More


Pleasing the Producers: Herbert Fields, Lew Fields, and The Girl Friend (1926)

Dominic Symonds

in We’ll Have Manhattan: The Early Work of Rodgers & Hart

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199929481
eISBN:
9780190216870
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199929481.003.0005
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

The success of Dearest Enemy in 1925 prompted interest from producers. For the first time Rodgers and Hart found themselves having to collaborate with the money men. This chapter considers the role ... More


We’ll Have Manhattan: The Early Work of Rodgers & Hart

Dominic Symonds

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199929481
eISBN:
9780190216870
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199929481.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart collaborated on more than forty shows before Hart’s death, contributing dozens of classic song hits to the Great American Songbook. This book focuses on the early ... More


Oscar Hammerstein was Right

Frederick Nolan

in Lorenz Hart: A Poet on Broadway

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195102895
eISBN:
9780199853212
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195102895.003.0016
Subject:
Music, Popular

During the next two years, six more Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart musicals were produced on Broadway, none of them remotely in the class of A Connecticut Yankee. As Chee-Chee took shape, Larry and ... More


Castration and Integration: Chee-Chee (1928)

Dominic Symonds

in We’ll Have Manhattan: The Early Work of Rodgers & Hart

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199929481
eISBN:
9780190216870
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199929481.003.0009
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

The least successful of Rodgers and Hart’s Broadway shows, Chee-Chee has always been considered a failure because of its topic. It’s based on the theme of castration, and in later years Rodgers ... More


Doldrums

Frederick Nolan

in Lorenz Hart: A Poet on Broadway

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195102895
eISBN:
9780199853212
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195102895.003.0005
Subject:
Music, Popular

It is hard to escape the impression that in early 1921 the partnership of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart was very much in the doldrums: on one hand, Hart putting lyrics to Mel Shauer's songs; on the ... More


Hard Times on Broadway

Frederick Nolan

in Lorenz Hart: A Poet on Broadway

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195102895
eISBN:
9780199853212
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195102895.003.0020
Subject:
Music, Popular

When Lorenz Hart got back to New York, the Broadway picture didn't look so rosy; everyone was suffering from falling ticket sales and tight budgets. Even the hit Cole Porter show The New Yorkers ... More


A Couple of College Kids

Frederick Nolan

in Lorenz Hart: A Poet on Broadway

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195102895
eISBN:
9780199853212
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195102895.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Popular

Fly with Me opened in the Grand Ballroom of the Astor Hotel on Times Square on March 1920, and got some rave reviews. Much more important, however, it convinced Lew Fields that ... More


A Commercial Success: A Connecticut Yankee (1927)

Dominic Symonds

in We’ll Have Manhattan: The Early Work of Rodgers & Hart

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199929481
eISBN:
9780190216870
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199929481.003.0008
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

After years of wanting to write A Connecticut Yankee, based on Twain’s novel, Rodgers and Hart finally got their way. Scripted again by Herb Fields, his father at last agreed to produce. It was their ... More


Big Fish: Peggy-Ann (1926), Ziegfeld, and a Flop Called Betsy (1926)

Dominic Symonds

in We’ll Have Manhattan: The Early Work of Rodgers & Hart

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199929481
eISBN:
9780190216870
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199929481.003.0007
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

By now Rodgers and Hart were the busiest writers on Broadway. When two shows came up at once it didn’t worry them a bit. Yet where they scored a hit with Peggy-Ann, which was another Fields success, ... More


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