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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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“If It's Good Enough for Shakespeare, …”

“If It's Good Enough for Shakespeare, …”

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Lorenz Hart

Frederick Nolan

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As fall drew in, work began on the new show, which now had the title The Boys from Syracuse. Lorenz Hart had contacted George Abbott soon after his return from Atlantic City and asked him to work up a tentative script, intending to collaborate on it with him. When Richard Rodgers and Hart saw Abbott's treatment — borrowing only the setting of ancient Greece and the principal characters of Antipholus and the Dromio twins — it was so completely in line with their thinking, and so totally in keeping with the bawdy Shakespearian tradition, that they never felt the need to change a word. Some indication of Abbott's approach may be had from the opening announcement, made before the show itself begins. “If it's good enough for Shakespeare, it's good enough for us!”

Keywords:   Lorenz Hart, George Abbott, Richard Rodgers, ancient Greece, Antipholus, Dromio twins, Shakespearian tradition

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