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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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A Lonely Romeo

A Lonely Romeo

Chapter:
(p.20) 3 A Lonely Romeo
Source:
Lorenz Hart
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Frederick Nolan

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195102895.003.0003

Phil Leavitt's parents had rented a house next door to the summer home of the producer Lew Fields. In short order, Leavitt got acquainted with Fields's dark-eyed daughter, Dorothy Fields. He persuaded Dorothy to get her father to listen to a song Dick Rodgers and Lorenz Hart had written called “Venus.” Fields had many successful productions, but Joe Weber's star as a producer shone ever less brightly. Fields returned to producing and starring in Broadway musicals. After four weeks at the Shubert Theatre, his newest show, A Lonely Romeo, had moved to the Casino shortly before Phil Leavitt paved the way for Dick Rodgers's audition. When Dick was through, Lew Fields astonished him by offering to buy one of the songs he had played, “Any Old Place With You,” and interpolate it into A Lonely Romeo. Rodgers floated back to the city: sixteen years old, and he already had a song in a top Broadway show.

Keywords:   Phil Leavitt, Lew Fields, Dorothy Fields, Dick Rodgers, Lorenz Hart, Joe Weber, A Lonely Romeo, Broadway

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