Chapter

Librettos Instead of Lyrics

Charlotte Greenspan

in Pick Yourself Up

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780195111101
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199865703 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195111101.003.0012

Series: Broadway Legacies

                   Librettos Instead of Lyrics

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This chapter focuses on the changes in Dorothy Fields's career and personal life in the late 1930s and early 1940s. After her marriage, the first major change in Dorothy's personal life was the birth of her son, David Lahm on December 12, 1940. The next change in Dorothy's life, equal and opposite one might say, was the death of her father. On October 29, 1941, Let's Face It opened on Broadway; this was Dorothy's debut as a Broadway librettist. By 1943, Joseph, Herbert, and Dorothy Fields collectively had five shows running on Broadway—My Sister Eileen, Let's Face It, Junior Miss, The Doughgirls, and Herbert and Dorothy's new work with Cole Porter, Something for the Boys.

Keywords: David Lahm; women songwriters; Let's Face It; Broadway musicals

Chapter.  5024 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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