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We’ll Have Manhattan: The Early Work of Rodgers and Hart

Wednesday 25 March 2015

1 Hour


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Director writer and lecturer in musical theatre Dominic Symonds talks to broadcaster David Freeman about the early collaborations of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart and what they contributed to the great American songbook. The talk will be illustrated with the playing of excerpts from some of the 40 shows the two worked on before Hart’s death. Rodgers and Hart produced some of the most celebrated songs of the 1920s and 1930s including Manhattan, The Lady is a Tramp, and Bewitched. Symonds looks at their early work from their first meeting in 1919 to their flirtation with Hollywood in the early 1930s, a period that saw them lay the foundations for the Broadway musical.

Symonds is a reader in drama at the University of Lioncoln, a writer and director for musical theatre, and founding editor of the journal Studies in Musical Theatre.