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Lorenz HartA Poet on Broadway$
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Frederick Nolan

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780195102895

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195102895.001.0001

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The Great Ziegfeld

The Great Ziegfeld

(p.85) 12 The Great Ziegfeld
Lorenz Hart

Frederick Nolan

Oxford University Press

By the time Ziegfeld Follies opened at the Casino, Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart were enmeshed in not one but two musicals, destined to open within twenty-four hours of each other. They wasted no time getting back together with Herbert Fields. It looked like they were going to have a happy show, except: they didn't have a leading lady. Audition after unsuccessful audition was held; they were getting desperate, not only because they had to bring the show into New York in a month, but because while they were still writing it they were summoned by Florenz Ziegfeld and invited to write the score for his new show, Betsy. Since Larry's attitude toward the Great Ziegfeld was demonstrably short of awe, perhaps there was some other reason. An incident from the life of Sigmund Romberg may help to illuminate what actually happened.

Keywords:   Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart, Herbert Fields, Florenz Ziegfeld, Betsy, Great Ziegfeld, Sigmund Romberg

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