Journals Higher Education



Published: 02 November 1995

416 Pages | 32 halftones

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195102895

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Lorenz Hart

A Poet on Broadway

Frederick Nolan

Lorentz Hart singlehandedly changed the craft of lyric writing, transforming the commercial song lyric from one of tired clichés and cloying sentimentality to one with unexpected phrases that would twang the nerve or touch the heart. Endowed with both a buoyant wit and a tender sincerity, Hart brought a poetic complexity to his art penning such memorable hits as My Funny Valentine, Isn't It Romantic?, The Lady is a Tramp, and Blue Moon. unheard before.
Lorenz Hart: A Poet on Broadway presents the public triumphs of a true genius of the American musical theatre, and the personal tragedies of a man his friend Mabel Mercer described as "the saddest man I ever knew." A veritable who's who of Broadway's golden age, including Joshua Logan, Gene Kelly, George Abbott, and many more, recall their uncensored and often hilarious, sometimes poignant memories of the cigar-chomping wordsmith who composed some of the best lyrics ever concocted for the Broadway stage, but who remained forever lost and lonely in the crowds of hangers-on he attracted.
Skillfully pulling together the chaotic details of Hart's remarkable life, beginning with his bohemian upbringing in turn-of-the-century Harlem, through his early success with Richard Rogers, Hollywood in the Thirties, and his final decade as one of the undisputed kings of Broadway while simultaneously his personal life disintegrated into a madness of alcohol and self-loathing, this rich work captures the excitement, the achievement, the dizzying heights, and the crushing lows of an American original.


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