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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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A London Odyssey

A London Odyssey

Lido Lady (1926), One Dam Thing after Another (1927), Ever Green (1930)

(p.124) 5 A London Odyssey
We’ll Have Manhattan

Dominic Symonds

Oxford University Press

When a chance arose to work for British producers, Rodgers and Hart seized the opportunity, joining Jack Hulbert and Cicely Courtneidge to write Lido Lady (1926), though hating the experience. Next, Charles Cochran commissioned the revue One Dam Thing after Another (1927), and when asked back to write the book show Ever Green (1930), they were delighted. The English shows have barely featured in considerations of their work. This is the first in-depth exploration of three little known but significant shows. Noticeably, the influence of dance on their dramaturgy emerges, a feature that would become prominent in their work. In addition, their continued fascination with Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court is evident; it is probably while in London that they convinced Lew Fields to produce that show. It was also as they returned home that Rodgers fell in love with the girl he would marry, Dorothy Feiner.

Keywords:   Jack Hulbert, Cicely Courtneidge, Charles Cochran, Lido Lady, One Dam Thing, Ever Green, Buddy Bradley, Here in My Arms, My Heart Stood Still

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