The Brief Career of Herbert Richard Lorenz

Frederick Nolan

in Lorenz Hart

Published in print March 1996 | ISBN: 9780195102895
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853212 | DOI:
The Brief Career of Herbert Richard Lorenz

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Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers, and Herbert Fields had been working intermittently on a show called Winkle Town, in which a fellow invents an electronic system that renders electric wires obsolete and tries to sell the idea to the city fathers of the eponymous town. Taking their chutzpah in both hands, they decided to ask their old pal Oscar Hammerstein II for help. When the triumvirate got through with it, the story had turned into a satire on Tin Pan Alley called The Jazz King. To their delight, Lew Fields not only liked the play but decided to put it into production. The authorship of the play was attributed to Herbert Richard Lorenz, a pseudonym which seems to have succeeded in fooling hardly anyone. The critics split: Woollcott liked the show, and Quinn Martin thought it “tremendously funny.” However vitriol-tongued George Jean Nathan put an end to the newborn career of Herbert Richard Lorenz.

Keywords: Lorenz Hart; Richard Rodgers; Herbert Fields; Winkle Town; Oscar Hammerstein II; Tin Pan Alley; Lew Fields; Herbert Richard Lorenz; pseudonym; George Jean Nathan

Chapter.  1654 words. 

Subjects: Popular Music

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