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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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Oscar Hammerstein was Right

Oscar Hammerstein was Right

(p.115) 16 Oscar Hammerstein was Right
Lorenz Hart

Frederick Nolan

Oxford University Press

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 Dick tried much harder than ever before to integrate the songs into the story. It turned out to be the greatest failure either of them had ever experienced. For the first time Rodgers and Hart experienced the bitter truth of impresario Oscar Hammerstein's dictum about bad plays. The public stayed away in droves, and Chee-Chee died after thirty-one performances and with it died the “family.” Although they would inevitably continue to meet in the small world of the theatre, Rodgers and Hart, Lew Fields, Helen Ford, Herbert Fields, Alexander Leftwich, and Roy Webb never worked together as a team again.

Keywords:   Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart, Chee-Chee, Oscar Hammerstein, Broadway, Lew Fields, Helen Ford, Herbert Fields, Alexander Leftwich, Roy Webb

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