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Show TunesThe Songs, Shows, and Careers of Broadway’s Major Composers$
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Steven Suskin

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195314076

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314076.001.0001

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Harold Rome

Harold Rome

Born: May 27, 1908, Hartford, Connecticut

Died: October 26, 1993, New York, New York

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(p.187) Harold Rome
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Show Tunes
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Steven Suskin

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314076.003.0013

This chapter examines the work of Harold Rome. It begins with an extended commentary of his career, followed by details on productions, with data and song information. Rome began his musical career in college, playing in dance bands to help finance his studies. Upon graduation with an architecture degree, Rome came to New York in 1934. With high qualifications and seven years at Yale, the only architectural work he could find was a twenty-four-dollar-a-week job with the Works Progress Administration (WPA), measuring roads and mapping the course of the Hudson River. Spare money could be earned at the keyboard, so Rome put his musical abilities to use.

Keywords:   Harold Rome, composers, dance bands, musical theater, show tunes, New York

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