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Lorenz (Larry) Hart (May 2, 1895 - November 22, 1943) was the lyricist half of the famed Broadway songwriting team Rodgers and Hart. His most memorable lyrics include, Blue Moon and My Funny Valentine. May 2 is the 122nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (123rd in leap years). ... 1895 (MDCCCXCV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Thursday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ... November 22 is the 326th day (327th on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1943 (MCMXLIII) is a common year starting on Friday. ... Broadway theatre is often considered the highest professional form of theatre in the United States. ... Rodgers and Hart was the songwriting team consisting of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. ... My Funny Valentine is a 1937 song written by Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers for the musical Babes in Arms. ...

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Biography

Hart was born in Harlem, New York to Jewish immigrant parents. His mother was a kind and loving woman, and his relationship with her was very good. His father claimed to be a businessman whose business was anything at all. Hart had a strange relationship with his father, but enjoyed telling people that his father was a crook. This upbringing helped make Hart a very boisterous and fiery personality. He loved to throw parties, and had an insatiable taste for the 'high life.' View of Harlem from Morningside Heights overlooking Morningside Park Lenox Avenue looking south from the corner of 124th Street Harlem is a neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City, long known as a major African American cultural and business center. ... The word Jew ( Hebrew: יהודי) is used in a wide number of ways, but generally refers to a follower of the Jewish faith, a child of a Jewish mother, or someone of Jewish descent with a connection to Jewish culture or ethnicity and often a combination of these attributes. ...


Hart attended Columbia University, where a mutual friend introduced him to composer Richard Rodgers in 1919, and the two wrote songs for a series of amateur and student productions. In 1919, the team landed their first song in a Broadway musical. The song was "Any Old Place With You" and it premiered in the musical comedy A Lonely Romeo. The smashing success of their score for the 1925 Theatre Guild production, The Garrick Gaieties, brought them great acclaim. They continued working together until Hart's death in 1943, along the way producing scores for a series of hit shows and making a substantial contribution to the Great American Songbook. Columbia University is a private university in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City and a member of the Ivy League. ... An autographed photo of Richard Rodgers Richard Rodgers (June 28, 1902 – December 30, 1979) was one of the great composers of musical theater, best known for his song writing partnerships with Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein II. He wrote more than 900 published songs, and forty Broadway musicals. ... 1919 (MCMXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... The Theatre Guild was a theatrical society founded by Lawrence Langner in New York City in 1918, with the purpose of producing noncommercial american and foreign plays. ... The Garrick Gaieties, which opened on Broadway in 1925, was first of a long line of Rodgers and Hart musicals. ... The Great American Songbook is an informal term referring to a period of American popular music songwriting that took place between the 1930s and 1950s. ...


Hart struggled with his own homosexuality in an era when such a lifestyle was socially unacceptable and with alcoholism, which eventually contributed to his death. Hart also suffered great emotional turmoil toward the end of his life. His personal problems were often the cause of friction between him and Richard Rodgers, and in fact led to a brief breakup in 1943, at which time Rodgers started working with Oscar Hammerstein II, who was actually a school friend of Hart. Since its coinage, the word homosexuality has acquired multiple meanings. ... Alcoholism is the compulsive consumption of alcohol to the point that the behavior can be described clinically as substance abuse, substance dependence, or substance addiction. ... For work done with Richard Rodgers, see Rodgers and Hammerstein Oscar Hammerstein II (July 12, 1895 – August 23, 1960) was a New-York born writer, producer, and (usually uncredited) director of musicals for almost forty years. ...


Rodgers and Hart teamed up one final time in the fall of 1943 for a revival of A Connecticut Yankee. Five days after this show opened, Hart died of pneumonia from exposure. He is believed to have died alone. He is buried in Mount Zion Cemetery in Queens County, New York. A Connecticut Yankee was a 1927 musical by Rogers and Hart, based upon A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthurs Court, a novel by American humorist Mark Twain. ... Pneumonia is an illness of the lungs and respiratory system in which the microscopic, air-filled sacs (alveoli) responsible for absorbing oxygen from the atmosphere become inflamed and flooded with fluid. ... Queens County is the name of several counties around the world: Queens County, New York, United States Queens County, New Brunswick, Canada Queens County, Nova Scotia, Canada Queens County, Prince Edward Island, Canada Queens County, Ireland now known as County Laois This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid... Official language(s) None, English de facto Capital Albany Largest city New York City Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 27th 141,205 km² 455 km 530 km 13. ...


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1920 (MCMXX) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar) // Events January January 7 - Forces of Russian White admiral Kolchak surrender in Krasnoyarsk. ... 1925 (MCMXXV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... The Garrick Gaieties, which opened on Broadway in 1925, was first of a long line of Rodgers and Hart musicals. ... 1926 (MCMXXVI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1927 (MCMXXVII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... A Connecticut Yankee was a 1927 musical by Rogers and Hart, based upon A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthurs Court, a novel by American humorist Mark Twain. ... Mark Twain Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910), better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was a famous American humorist, novelist, writer and lecturer. ... 1928 (MCMXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... UB40s 2nd album, Present Arms was released in 1981. ... 1935 (MCMXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Jumbo is also the title of a musical produced in 1935 by Billy Rose, with music and lyrics by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart and book by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, and directed by John Murray Anderson and George Abbott. ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... On Your Toes has two possible meanings. ... 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... Babes in Arms is a 1937 musical theater production which tells the story of a boy who puts on a show to avoid being sent to a work farm. ... 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... The Boys from Syracuse is a musical by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, based on William Shakespeares play, The Comedy of Errors, as adapted by librettist George Abbott, who also directed. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Comedy Of Errors were a Glasgow-based progressive rock band formed in January 1984. ... 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... I Married An Angel is a musical with music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Lorenz Hart and book by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. ... 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1940 calendar). ... Pal Joey is a 1939 epistolary (written in the form of a series of letters) novel by John OHara, which became the basis of a 1940 musical comedy and 1957 motion picture of the same name. ... John Henry OHara (31 January 1905 – 11 April 1970) was an American writer who was born in Pottsville, Pennsylvania. ... This article is about the year. ...

External links

  • Internet Broadway Database page for Lorenz Hart
  • Notable Names Database page for Lorenz Hart

References

Nolan, Frederick. Lorenz Hart: A Poet on Broadway. New York: Oxford University Press (1994). ISBN 0195102894

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Lorenz Hart - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (418 words)
Lorenz (Larry) Hart (May 2, 1895 - November 22, 1943) was the lyricist half of the famed Broadway songwriting team Rodgers and Hart.
Hart was born in Harlem, New York to Jewish immigrant parents.
Hart struggled with his own homosexuality (in an era when such a lifestyle was socially unacceptable) and with severe alcoholism, which eventually contributed to his death.
Lorenz Hart - definition of Lorenz Hart in Encyclopedia (181 words)
Lorenz Hart (May 2, 1895 - November 22, 1943) was the lyricist half of the famed Broadway songwriting team Rodgers and Hart.
Hart met composer Richard Rodgers in 1919, and the two wrote songs for a series of amateur and student productions until the smashing success of their score for the 1925 Theatre Guild production,"Garrick Gaieties", brought them to wider acclaim.
Hart struggled with his own homosexuality (in an era when such a lifestyle was socially unacceptable) and with severe alcoholism, which eventually contibuted to his death.
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