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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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Musical Comedy Meets Its Masters

Musical Comedy Meets Its Masters

(p.243) 31 Musical Comedy Meets Its Masters
Lorenz Hart

Frederick Nolan

Oxford University Press

I Married an Angel — “With 50 Lovely Dancing Angels” — opened at the Shubert Theatre in New York on May 1938. To Richard Rodgers, it seemed the show was dying on its feet: the Edgar Bergen-Charlie McCarthy skit didn't work; Vivienne Segal's soaring soprano was muted by a heavy cold; the laughs were few and far between, the applause perfunctory. He left the theatre convinced the show had flopped. He could not have been more wrong. The critics raved, notably Brooks Atkinson, who declared, “Musical comedy has met its masters, and they have reared back and passed a Forty-fourth Street miracle.” Josh Logan recalled how they all rushed about gleefully quoting that one at each other: all, that is, except Lorenz Hart, who refused to believe Atkinson meant what he had said.

Keywords:   Richard Rodgers, Angel, Edgar Bergen, Charlie McCarthy, Vivienne Segal, Brooks Atkinson, musical comedy, masters, Josh Logan, Lorenz Hart

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