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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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Nobody's Hart

Nobody's Hart

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(p.294) 36 Nobody's Hart
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Lorenz Hart
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Frederick Nolan

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195102895.003.0036

Under the title All's Fair, the show was scheduled to begin a month of rehearsals and everything about the show was looking good — except Lorenz Hart, who was on another binge. He disappeared again. Just a few days after this, Hart's doctor, Harold Hyman, went over to the Hart apartment with Richard Rodgers, where they found Hart lying in a semicoma on his bed. They got him across to Doctors' Hospital. Rodgers rented a room adjacent to Hart's and had them send up the piano and they work on the score. Most of the thirteen songs that comprised the original score included two gems: “Wait Till You See Her” and the affecting “Nobody's Heart.” There are lines in the latter song between which one might read unutterable sadness. It was as if Hart had realized at long, long last that even his love for Rodgers had died, and there was nothing left to live for.

Keywords:   All's Fair, Lorenz Hart, Harold Hyman, Richard Rodgers, Nobody's Heart

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