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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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A Couple of College Kids

A Couple of College Kids

(p.28) 4 A Couple of College Kids
Lorenz Hart

Frederick Nolan

Oxford University Press

Fly with Me opened in the Grand Ballroom of the Astor Hotel on Times Square on March 1920, and got some rave reviews. Much more important, however, it convinced Lew Fields that Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart had real talent. To their further astonishment, he told them he was so impressed with their work he wanted them to write the score of his next Broadway show. What he did not tell them was that he was in deep trouble. The new show, which was to be called Poor Little Ritz Girl, was booked to open its Boston tryout on May 28, and Fields had already ditched one score. He shrewdly figured that Rodgers and Hart — just a couple of college kids, after all — would be so thrilled at the idea of writing a Broadway score they would not read the small print in the contract; and he was right.

Keywords:   Fly with Me, Lew Fields, Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart, Broadway, score

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