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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 Biggest Opening Since the Grand Canyon”

“The Biggest Opening Since the Grand Canyon”

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(p.229) 29 “The Biggest Opening Since the Grand Canyon”
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Lorenz Hart
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Frederick Nolan

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195102895.003.0029

On opening night, November 2nd, I'd Rather Be Right stopped the traffic on Fifty-Second Street: the show had the biggest opening, said critic George Jean Nathan, since the Grand Canyon. Two squadrons of police did what they could to contain the heaving crowds — “the most insufferable crush, confusion, and amiable uproar Fifty-Second Street has ever known” — who had turned out to see a star-studded celebrity audience. Pausing only for his opening-night ritual of kissing his wife, Richard Rodgers led the orchestra into the overture of a memorable evening. Only two small misadventures marred the opening; George Cohan tripped over a cable backstage and had to play the first performance with his leg in a special rubber cast, and Beatrice Kaufman, who wore a new fur coat to the premiere, had it stolen from her seat at intermission.

Keywords:   George Jean Nathan, Richard Rodgers, orchestra, overture, George Cohan, Beatrice Kaufman

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