News for “Lorenz Hart”

Rodgers And Hart’s Musical Classic ‘Pal Joey’ At Jerry Herman Ring …‎
Broadway World – Beau Higgins -
Rodgers and Hart’s Broadway classic Pal Joey comes to the University of Miami Jerry Herman Ring Theatre this spring. Running from April 13 – 23, 2011,


Kennedy Center Season to Feature Pal Joey, Cate Blanchett …‎
Playbill.com – Andrew Gans -
The season will feature a Kennedy Center-produced revival of Rodgers and Hart’s Pal Joey, directed by Christopher Ashley and featuring a


Kennedy Center Announces 2011-12 season
New York Times
… a production of the Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart musical “Pal Joey,” with a new book by Terrence McNally; and the Sydney Theater Company’s production …


Porchlight Music Theatre Presents ‘Rodgers, Rodgers & Guettel’ Concert, 4/4
Broadway World
A selection of Rodgers, Rodgers and Guettel pieces will be presented, including pop standards Richard Rodgers wrote with Lorenz Hart such as “My Funny Valentine,” “The Lady is a Tramp,” and “Blue Moon.”


News for “Lorenz Hart” 02/21/2011 02/27/2011

They’d Rather be Right
American Thinker
The play in question, Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart’s I’d Rather be Right originally debuted somewhat before that — in November 2, 1937 to be precise. Ms. Shlaes’ book and Burton W. Folsom’s 2008 study New Deal or Raw Deal? How FDR’s Economic Legacy


On Love: Song and City
Women’s Voices for Change
Rodgers and Hart wrote the song “Manhattan” in 1925, with music by Richard Rodgers and words by Lorenz Hart. The song was written for a musical revue called, Garrick Gaieties, and it became a hit. As part of the American songbook, “Manhattan” has been …

To Keep My Love Alive Music by Richard Rodgers Lyrics by Lorenz Hart

To Keep My Love Alive
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Written for the revival of “A Connecticut Yankee”
Introduced by Vivienne Segal

According to a story told by Richard Rodgers Vivienne Segan complained that since the song ended on a low note “‘If I have to sing that low note eight nights a week, I’ll develop balls”” Rodgers replied, ‘If you do you’ll be the only one in the show who has them.”
According to “The Rodgers and Hammerstein encyclopedia” this is the last lyric that Lorenz Hart wrote but this is not totaly true: for the revival of “A Connecticut Yankee” Rodgers asked Hart to write some new material to make the show more apealing (Herbert Fields wrote a new book as well), even if the partnership with Hart was already “broken” (in 1942 Rodgers worte Oklahoma! with Oscar Hammerstein II).

For the show they wrote 9 new songs, two of them (Elaine and I Won’t sing a song were dropped before the New York opening).  to Robert Kimbal (who edited “the Complete Lyrics of Lorenz Hart) the last song Hart wrote was I Won’t sing a song.

“To Keep My Love Alive,” the most popular song from this 135-performance production, was a new number in which Morgan le Fay (Vivienne Segal) recalls the many husbands she “bumped off.”

Lyrics:
Verse
I’ve been married, and married, and often I’ve sighed
“I’m never a bridesmaid, I’m always a bride”

I never divorced them, I hadn’t the heart
Yet remember these sweet words, “`till death do us part”

Refrain 1
I married many men, a ton of them
Because I was untrue to none of them
Because I bumped off every one of them
To keep my love alive

Sir Paul was frail, he looked a wreck to me
At night he was a horse’s neck to me
So I performed an appendectomy
To keep my love alive

Sir Thomas had insomnia, he couldn’t sleep at night
I bought a little arsenic, he’s sleeping now all right

Sir Philip played the harp, I cussed the thing
I crowned him with his harp to bust the thing
And now he plays where harps are just the thing
To keep my love alive
To keep my love alive

Refrain 2
I thought Sir George had possibilities
But his flirtations made me ill at ease
And when I’m ill at ease, I kill at ease
To keep my love alive

Sir Charles came from a sanitorium
And yelled for drinks in my emporium
I mixed one drink, he’s in memorium
To keep my love alive

Sir Francis was a singing bird, a nightingale, that’s why
I tossed him off my balcony, to see if he, could fly

Sir Atherton indulged in fratricide,
He killed his dad and that was patricide
One night I stabbed him by my mattress-side
To keep my love alive
To keep my love alive

Verse 3
I caught Sir James with his protectoress,
The rector’s wife, I mean the rectoress.
His heart stood still, angina pectoris.
To keep my love alive.

Sir Frank brought ladies to my palaces
I poured a mickey in their chalices.
While paralyzed they got paralysis.
To keep my love alive.

Sir Alfred worshipped falconry,
He used to hunt at will.
I sent him on a hunting trip;
They’re hunting for him still.

Sir Peter had an incongruity,
Collecting girls with promiscuity.
Now I’m collecting his annuity,
To keep my love alive.

Sir Ethelburg would use profanity,
His language drove me near insanity.
So once again I served humanity,
To keep my love alive.

Sir Curtis made me cook each dish he ate,
And everything his heart would wish he ate.
Until I fiddled with a fish he ate.
To keep my love alive.

Sir Marmaduke was awfully tall,
He didn’t fit in bed.
I solved that problem easily,
I just removed his head.

Sir Marc adored me with formality.
He called a kiss a immorality.
And so I gave him immortality,
To keep my love alive.
To keep my love alive!

Notes
“to pour a Mickey” or “to slip a mickey”: Tricking someone into drinking a drugged beverage or sleeping pills

News for “Lorenz Hart” 01/30/2011 02/06/2011

Mary Cleere Haran

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NY cabaret singer, 58, dies in Deerfield Beach
Sun-Sentinel
Comparing Lorenz Hart’s lyrics with Richard Rodgers to Oscar Hammerstein’s in her 2002 show at “Falling in Love With Love: The Rodgers and Hart Story” she …


Every day is Valentine’s Day for Jane Monheit
Troy Record

… singer whose latest LP Home contains such standards as Irving Berlin’s “Isn’t It A Lovely Day” and Rodgers & Hart’s “Everything I’ve Got Belongs to You. …


10 Great Classic Movies
Screen Junkies
“Pal Joey”. The trio of Frank Sinatra (Joey Evans), Rita Hayworth (Vera Simpson), and Kim Novak (Linda English) sparkle and shine in this 1957 musical about …


CD reviews: Bassist pairs with orchestra for broad offering
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
… originals — including a somber title track — and five others ranging from Kimbrough tunes to the Richard Rodgers-Lorenz Hart classic, “Where or When. …


PHOTO FLASH: Matthew Morrison, Chord Overstreet, et al. in February 8 Episode of FOX’s Glee
TheaterMania.com
As previously announced, the episode, entitled “Silly Love Songs,” will feature such numbers as Rodgers and Hart’s “My Funny Valentine,” Katy Perry’s .

Find Shows Near You – february and march

OPENING CLOSING SHOW THEATER INFO
2/3/2011

 

2/6/2011 Once Upon a Mattress Preston High School Bronx, NY 10465
2/8/2011 2/20/2011 I’d Rather Be Right Musicals Tonight! New York, NY 10024
http://www.musicalstonight.com/
3/11/2011

 

3/13/2011 Once Upon a Mattress Avon High School
Avon, NY 14414
3/11/2011 3/12/2011 Once Upon a Mattress Cornwall on Hudson Elementary
Cornwall On Hudson, NY 12520
3/3/2011 3/20/2011 Beguiled Again
(Rodgers & Hart review)
Temple Theatre Sanford, NC 27330
ww.templeshows.com

My Funny Valentine – Music by Richard Rodgers Lyrics by Lorenz Hart

Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Written for the musicla “Babes in Amrs”
Introduced by Mitzi Green (Billie Smith)
After being recorded by Chet Baker, Frank Sinatra and Miles Davis, the song became a popular jazz standard, appearing on over 1300 albums performed by over 600 artists.
In the verse Hart, like in Thou swell, used old English. In this case probably he wanted to emphasize the “comic” intet of the song: Billie is making fun of Val by using an archaic, poetic language. But as the verse goes on it’s clear to the listener that Billie’s love is true and sincere. Val, who is not very attractive, perhaps some sort of geek,
Unlike what Stephen Sondheim recently said, trying to be funny I guess, Val is not a vampire since his looks are “unphotographable”: with that witty lines Hart ment that he’s so peculiar and unique that even a photograph can not “catch”.

Lyrics
VERSE
Behold the way our fine feathered-friend
his virtue doth parade.
Thou knowest not my dim witted friend,
the picture Thou hast made.
Thy vacant brow and Thy tousled hair
conceal Thy good intent.
Thou noble upright, truthful, sincere
And slightly dopey gent- you are..

REFRAIN

My funny valentine
Sweet comic valentine
You make me smile with my heart

You looks are laughable, unphotographable
Yet you’re my favorite work of art

Is your figure less than greek
Is your mouth a little bit weak
When you open it to speak, are you smart?

Don’t change a hair for me
Not if you care for me
Stay little valentine stay

Each day is valentine’s day

I Blush – Music by Richard Rodgers Lyrics by Lorenz Hart

A Connecticut Yankee (musical)

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Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Written for “A Connecticut Yankee 1927″
Introduced by: Constance Carpenter in Stamford, Connecticut, tryout. Dropped
before the New York opening. Replaced by “Nothing’s Wrong”
Recorded by Charlotte Rae in “Rodgers and Hart Revisited”

All court conversation
To my observation
Is naughty
And woefully pert;
With joy unabating
The ladies-in-waiting
Are waiting
To dish thee the dirt;
Such talk never charms me,
In sooth, it alarms me
When told by a hoyden or a valet.
Mere greetings and glances
Rouse talk of romances;
Each kiss is a study in scarlet.

Refrain 1
Oh dear, when there’s scandal about the court,
I blush!
Oh dear, at the naughtiness they report,
I blush!

Things they say sound very queer to me,
What they mean is never clear to me,
But it can’t be very nice
The way they hush;
I blush!

Such sights are not fit for a maiden’s view.
I blush!
Oh, dear, I know just what I ought to do,
I blush!

But you see,
I can’t condemn a tale
If its end I do not know.
Oh dear, I blush!
But I love it so!

Refrain 2
Oh dear, but the Queen carries on a bit;
I blush!
Oh, dear, though I breathe not a word of it,
I blush!

Launcelot loveth her beauty well;
As a knight, he doth his duty well;
On the throne, they get very warm,
They burn the plush.
I blush!

Arthur is a rather unwary King;
I blush!
The Queen made Launcelot honorary King;
I blush!
To be sure,
It’s none of my concern
If he kissed her once or twice.
Oh dear, I blush!
But it’s rather nice!

Refrain 3
Tristan told his heart to Isolde in song;
I blush!
Oh dear, but the song was six hours long;
I blush!
What they did was wrong beyond a doubt
If it took so long to sing about;
And the thought can make my lily
Cheek to flush.
I blush!
Oh dear, how they yodeled of love and death;
I blush!
They died not from love but from lack of breath;
I blush!
That it was
A proper way to die
It is, silly to pretend.
I blush, but oh dear,
What a lovely end!

Notes
“A Study in Scarlet” is a detective mystery novel written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, first published in 1887. it was the first published story about sherlock Holmes.
In the novel Holmes says “There’s the scarlet thread of murder running through the colourless skein of life, and our duty is to unravel it, and isolate it, and expose every inch of it.” this speech originates the title. In the context of the song Hart paragons sex to murder with an ironic intend.
Like in “Thou swell” Hart used archaic words such as loveth for loved or doth for did.
Tristan told his heart to Isolde in song/Oh dear, but the song was six hours long: this, of course, refers Richard Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde”