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“The Biggest Opening Since the Grand Canyon”

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/9780195102895.003.0029
“The Biggest Opening Since the Grand Canyon”

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On opening night, November 2nd, I'd Rather Be Right stopped the traffic on Fifty-Second Street: the show had the biggest opening, said critic George Jean Nathan, since the Grand Canyon. Two squadrons of police did what they could to contain the heaving crowds — “the most insufferable crush, confusion, and amiable uproar Fifty-Second Street has ever known” — who had turned out to see a star-studded celebrity audience. Pausing only for his opening-night ritual of kissing his wife, Richard Rodgers led the orchestra into the overture of a memorable evening. Only two small misadventures marred the opening; George Cohan tripped over a cable backstage and had to play the first performance with his leg in a special rubber cast, and Beatrice Kaufman, who wore a new fur coat to the premiere, had it stolen from her seat at intermission.

Keywords: George Jean Nathan; Richard Rodgers; orchestra; overture; George Cohan; Beatrice Kaufman

Chapter.  3004 words. 

Subjects: Popular Music

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