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Billy Rose's Jumbo

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/9780195102895.003.0026
Billy Rose's Jumbo

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Still waiting for Lee Shubert to give them a start date on the new show, Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart got a call from Billy Rose. Broadway rumor had it that financier and show angel John Hay Whitney was putting up a quarter of a million dollars for Rose — these days seeing himself more and more as a combination of Florenz Ziegfeld and P. T. Barnum — to produce a gigantic spectacular, part indoor circus, part vaudeville, part famous-name revue. Rose had been working on the project for months; everyone was talking about it. “To acquaint myself with musical comedy routine,” George Abbott recorded, “Rodgers and Hart thought that it might be a good idea for me to break in by doing another musical first, and they suggested Jumbo,” for which they had done the songs and which Rose was to produce.

Keywords: Lee Shubert; Richard Rodgers; Lorenz Hart; Billy Rose; John Hay Whitney; George Abbott; Jumbo

Chapter.  3337 words. 

Subjects: Popular Music

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