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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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Gilding the Guild

Gilding the Guild

(p.58) 9 Gilding the Guild
Lorenz Hart

Frederick Nolan

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This chapter introduces Benjamin Kaye, a lawyer and Akron Club member who dabbled in show business; in fact, he had written a song called “Prisms, Plums And Prunes” for Up Stage and Down, six years earlier. Kaye approached and told Richard Rodgers that some of the kids from the Theatre Guild — understudies, bit players, spear carriers all — were putting on a benefit show, and that he'd told them Rodgers was just the fellow to write the songs for them. It was a little too much for Rodgers because the Theatre Guild was well known, and he couldn't resist it, and went into this semi-professional show which turned out to be The Garrick Gaieties and put both Lorenz Hart and Rodgers on their feet.

Keywords:   Benjamin Kaye, lawyer, Richard Rodgers, Akron Club, Theatre Guild, songs, The Garrick Gaieties, Lorenz Hart

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