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We’ll Have ManhattanThe Early Work of Rodgers & Hart$
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Dominic Symonds

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199929481

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199929481.001.0001

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“We’ll Have Manhattan”

(p.2) (p.3) Introduction
We’ll Have Manhattan

Dominic Symonds

Oxford University Press

The introduction starts by considering Rodgers and Hart’s first hit song, “Manhattan” and its initial appearance in the unproduced, amateur show Winkle Town (1922). It considers ways in which the pair—in collaboration with Herbert Fields and Oscar Hammerstein—were already displaying a keen awareness of theatricality and were moving away from the Broadway style of the century’s teen years in response to the influences of the Princess Shows. It sketches out the landscape of Broadway musical theater during their childhood years, and thereby creates a context for the rest of the book. In particular, it establishes the three main themes of exploration in the book: the way Rodgers and Hart developed the notion of integration; the way their creative work had to adapt to the exigencies of production; and the way in which aspects of their personalities were fundamental to the work they created.

Keywords:   Rodgers and Hart, Herbert Fields, Oscar Hammerstein, Manhattan, Winkle Town, notion of integration, Princess Shows

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