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Hard Times on Broadway

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/9780195102895.003.0020
Hard Times on Broadway

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When Lorenz Hart got back to New York, the Broadway picture didn't look so rosy; everyone was suffering from falling ticket sales and tight budgets. Even the hit Cole Porter show The New Yorkers (book by Herbert Fields), was struggling. Rudolf Friml and Sigmund Romberg both tried operettas. Lew Fields came back as producer of The Vanderbilt Revue, which opened at the theatre of that name on November 5th. In spite of the presence of Peggy-Ann's husky-voiced Lulu McConnell, the critics disapproved, and it lasted only thirteen performances. A by-product of this failure was Lew Fields's decision to retire — one more theatrical giant removed from the scene. Next it was Florenz Ziegfeld's turn. Charles Dillingham was already finished. In December, Arthur Hammerstein was bankrupt.

Keywords: Lorenz Hart; Broadway; Rudolf Friml; Sigmund Romberg; operettas; Lew Fields; Florenz Ziegfeld; Charles Dillingham; Arthur Hammerstein

Chapter.  3873 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Popular Music

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