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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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Hard Times on Broadway

Hard Times on Broadway

(p.147) 20 Hard Times on Broadway
Lorenz Hart

Frederick Nolan

Oxford University Press

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 (book by Herbert Fields), was struggling. Rudolf Friml and Sigmund Romberg both tried operettas. Lew Fields came back as producer of The Vanderbilt Revue, which opened at the theatre of that name on November 5th. In spite of the presence of Peggy-Ann's husky-voiced Lulu McConnell, the critics disapproved, and it lasted only thirteen performances. A by-product of this failure was Lew Fields's decision to retire — one more theatrical giant removed from the scene. Next it was Florenz Ziegfeld's turn. Charles Dillingham was already finished. In December, Arthur Hammerstein was bankrupt.

Keywords:   Lorenz Hart, Broadway, Rudolf Friml, Sigmund Romberg, operettas, Lew Fields, Florenz Ziegfeld, Charles Dillingham, Arthur Hammerstein

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