The French Have a Word for It

Frederick Nolan

in Lorenz Hart

Published in print March 1996 | ISBN: 9780195102895
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853212 | DOI:
The French Have a Word for It

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Apparently, Lorenz Hart began doing his disappearing act while the next show was in rehearsal. His absence meant Dick Rodgers had to write some of the songs. The second and much longer tryout was at the Shubert in Boston, some of these, at least, Hart attended. Elinor Hughes of the Boston Herald interviewed Rodgers, Hart, Josh Logan, and Dwight Wiman just prior to a midnight conference. They opened Higher and Higher at the Shubert in New York on Thursday, April 4, 1940. Backstage, Josh Logan sensed the audience's reaction was less than enthusiastic, although everyone seemed to love the performing seal. Then into that silence, Logan said, an enthusiastic voice rang out. “Darleeng, zat was zee muss wonderful fuck in zee world”! It was the young French wife of an American lawyer. She was using the French word for “seal” which is “phoque.”

Keywords: Lorenz Hart; Richard Rodgers; Shubert; Elinor Hughes; Josh Logan; Dwight Wiman; Higher and Higher; seal; phoque

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Subjects: Popular Music

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