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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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Hollywood Bound

Hollywood Bound

(p.154) 21 Hollywood Bound
Lorenz Hart

Frederick Nolan

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In November 1930, in association with Max Dreyfus, Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart announced the formation of a new music publishing house, its name a melding of theirs: Rodart Music Publishing Company. Its purpose was to exploit the existing catalogue and publish their future songs: they needed the money. The establishing of Rodart turned out to be their farewell to Broadway for four years. Just a few days later they received a call from Mel Shauer, Hart's old camping and songwriting companion, who had gone out to California the preceding year and was now a producer at Paramount. Shauer had met Maurice Chevalier in Paris, and they had become very friendly. When Chevalier came to work in Hollywood, Shauer put up the suggestion that Rodgers and Hart be hired to write songs for him. The studio was not enthusiastic. His persistence paid off, however; Jesse Lasky decided to give them a chance.

Keywords:   Max Dreyfus, Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart, Rodart Music Publishing Company, Mel Shauer, Paramount, Maurice Chevalier, Hollywood, Jesse Lasky

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