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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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Campfire Days

Campfire Days

(p.48) 7 Campfire Days
Lorenz Hart

Frederick Nolan

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Arthur Schwartz realized his ambition to work with Lorenz Hart on the fortnightly camp shows. One of them was Dream Boy, about a fellow who doesn't care for the energetic, athletic activities of summer camp, but would rather stay in his tent and read books all the time — a character not all that far from Hart's own. They decided they needed a theme song for him, and Hart suggested the title “I Love To Lie Awake In Bed.” However the melody Hart kept reprising was the first one Arthur had written, “I Love To Lie Awake In Bed.” So enthusiastic a fan of Richard Rodgers's tunes and Hart's lyrics did Arthur become that he actively proselytized on their behalf. He found out that a fellow summer camper named Marshall Rosett had an uncle in the music publishing business. His name was Elliott Shapiro, of the firm of Shapiro, Bernstein & von Tilzer.

Keywords:   Arthur Schwartz, Lorenz Hart, camp, Dream Boy, theme song, Richard Rodgers, Marshall Rosett, Elliott Shapiro

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