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Gilding the Guild

Frederick Nolan

in Lorenz Hart

Published in print March 1996 | ISBN: 9780195102895
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853212 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195102895.003.0009
Gilding the Guild

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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

Chapter.  4433 words. 

Subjects: Popular Music

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