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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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The Blond Beast

The Blond Beast

(p.43) 6 The Blond Beast
Lorenz Hart

Frederick Nolan

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Still determined to break into the theatre on the production side, Lorenz Hart had meanwhile managed somehow to scrape together enough money to stage the long-deferred one-off production of Henry Myers's play, The Blond Beast. Myers's mother, a formidable lady known as “Muzzie” who was living on the tail end of a fortune at the Majestic Hotel, had ambitions for her son to become a concert pianist and composer. During rehearsals Henry Myers showed some resistance to aspects of Hart's staging, and asked whether there wasn't some way an author could stop production of his play if he didn't like what was being done with it. Myers recalled that Hart became furious, promising that if Henry ever again mentioned stopping the production, he would find some especially dreadful way to kill him. Hart's plan to attract the attention of the leading entrepreneurs of Broadway worked beautifully. Every one of the major producers either attended or sent a representative.

Keywords:   Lorenz Hart, Henry Myers, play, The Blond Beast, Muzzie, Broadway, producers

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