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.”


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

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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 .

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

Zip – Music by Richard Rodgers Lyrics by Lorenz Hart

Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Written for “Pal Joey”
Introduced by Jean Casto.
For the highly successful revival of the show the song was sung by Elaine Stritch

Lyrics

VERSE
I’ve interviewed Leslie Howard.*
I’ve interviewed Noel Coward.
I’ve interviewed the great Stravinsky.
But my greatest achievement
Is the interview I had
With a star who worked for Minsky.
I met her at the Yankee Clipper
And she didn’t unzip one zipper.
I said, “Miss Lee, you are such an artist.
Tell me why you never miss.
What do you think of while you work?”
And she said, “While I work
My thoughts go something like this.”

REFRAIN 1

Zip! Walter Lippmann wasn’t brilliant today.
Zip! Will Saroyan ever write a great play?
Zip! I was reading Schopenhauer last night.
Zip! And I think that Schopenhauer was right.
I don’t want to see Zorina.
I don’t want to meet Cobina.
Zip! I’m an intellectual.
I don’t like a deep contralto,
Or a man whose voice is alto.
Zip! I’m a heterosexual.
Zip! It took intelect to master my art.
Zip! Who the hell is Margie Hart?

REFRAIN 2

Zip! I consider Dali’s painting passe.
Zip! Can they make the Metropolitan pay?
Zip! English people don’t say clerk, they say clark.**
Zip! Anybody who says clark is a jark!
I have read the great Kabala
And I simply worship Allah.
Zip! I am just a mystic.
I don’t care for Whistler’s Mother,
Charlie’s Aunt, or Shubert’s brother.
Zip! I’m misogynistic.
Zip! My intelligence is guiding my hand.
Zip! Who the hell is Sally Rand?

REFRAIN 3

Zip! Toscanini leads the greatest of bands.***
Zip! Jergen’s Lotion does the trick for his hands.
Zip! Rip Van Winkle on the screen would be smart.
Zip! Tyrone Power will be cast in the part.
I adore the great Confucius,
And the lines of luscious Lucius.
Zip! I am so ecletic.
I don’t care for either Mickey-
Mouse and Rooney make me sicky!
Zip! I’m a little hectic.
Zip! My artistic taste is classic and dear.****
Zip! Who the hell’s Lili St. Cyr?

*Earlier versions of lines 1-2:
I’ve interviewed Pablo Picasso
And a countess named di Frasso.

**Earlier version of refrain 2, lines 3-4:
Zip! Hearing rhumba bands will drive me to drink.
Zip! Mrs. Perkins isn’t red, she’s just pink.

***Earlier version of refrain 3, line 1:
Zip! That Stokowski leads the greatest of bands.

****Earlier version of refrain 3, lines 11-12:
Zip! My artistic taste is classic and choice.
Zip! Who the hell’s Rosita Royce?

Notes:
Celebrities quoted in the song:
Leslie Howard actor known for “Gone with the wild”
Noel Coward actor, songwriter, author
Igor Stravinsky russian musician
Minsky the four Minsky brothers: Abe Minsky (1878–1960); Billy Minsky (1887–1932); Herbert Minsky (1892-?); and Morton Minsky (1902–1987) owner of “Minsky’s Burlesque” a brand of burlesque
“star who worked for Minsky” of course this refers to Gypsy Rose Lee
Walter Lippmann columnist, writer
Will Saroyan dramatist and author
Arthur Schopenhauer german philosopher
Vera Zorina ballerina of George Balanchine
Cobina Wright actress who gained later fame as a hostess and a syndicated gossip columnist
Margaret Hart Ferraro stripper
Salvador Dalí spanish painter
Shubert’s brother theatrical managers and producers
Sally Rand stripper and fan dancer
Arturo Toscanini, Italian conductor, was one of the most acclaimed musicians of the late 19th and 20th century
Jergens® Skincare Products Cincinnati based manufacturer of health and beauty skin care products including lotions, skin cleansers, facial cleansers and moisturizers
“Rip Van Winkle” is a short story by Washington Irving published in June 1819. In the story Rip, a young married Dutch American, alls asleep for twenty years. When he wakes and wanders back to his village, he is astonished by the changes that have taken place.
Tyrone Power famed american actor
Confucius, Chinese thinker and social philosopher of the Spring and Autumn Period.
Lucius Beebe was an American author, gourmand, photographer, railroad historian, journalist, and syndicated columnist. Columnist Walter Winchell referred to Beebe and his wardrobe as “Luscious Lucius.” Beebe’s sartorial splendor was recognized when he appeared in full formal day attire on the cover of Life over the title of “Lucius Beebe Sets a Style.”
Mickey Mouse cartoon character created by Walt Disney Studios
Mickey Rooney famed american actor
Lili St. Cyr famed American burlesque stripper. Lili St. Cyr is mentioned also in the musical The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The final line of the song “Don’t Dream It” is “God bless Lili St. Cyr!”

 

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Happy Hunting Horn – Music by Richard Rodgers Lyrics by Lorenz Hart

Written for the musical Pal Joey
Also known as “”Happy Little Hunting Horn”
Introduced by Gene Kelly, Jane Fraser, and ensemble.

Lyrics
VERSE
Don’t worry, girls,
I’m only on vacation,
Not out of circulation;
Don’t worry, girls.

Don’t worry, girls,
While I still have my eyesight
You’re going to be in my sight;
Don’t worry, girls.
You never can erase
The hunter from the chase.

REFRAIN
Sound the happy hunting horn,
There’s new game on the trail now;
We’re hunting for quail now,
Happy little hunting horn.

Play the horn but don’t play corn.
The music must be nice now,
We’re hunting for mice now,
Happy little hunting horn.

Danger’s easy to endure when
You’re out to catch a beaut;
Lie in ambush, but be sure when
You see the whites of their eyes-don’t shoot!

Play the horn from night to morn.
Just play, no matter what time,
Play, “There’ll be a hot time!”
Happy little hunt-bang! bang!-ing horn.

Notes

beaut: slang for beauty, girl
You see the whites of their eyes-don’t shoot!: this line refers to the famous order “Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes” was popularized in stories about the battle of Bunker Hill. It might, of course, have a sexual double entendre