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Words And Music 1
Words And Music
M-G-M (1948)
Fri Aug 11, 10:00 a-12:15 pm
Sheffer Recital Hall, The Shedd Institute
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As with all biopics about songwriters, M-G-M's 1948 Words And Music is more about Rodgers and Hart's words and music than about Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. The more interesting of the pair, the tortured, self-destructive lyricist Larry Hart (here portrayed by Mickey Rooney) had passed away 5 years earlier, days after the revival of A Connecticut Yankee, his last project with Rodgers, who had finally given up on his Hart and begun a new career with Oscar Hammerstein II. But Hart's complicated life wasn't exactly fare for mid-century Hollywood movies and Rodgers' life was, well, boringly normal. Poor Tom Drake, who played Rodgers, had a tough assignment here! But forgetting the dubious excuse for a plot, the film offers a simply wonderful assortment of 1940s-style settings of Rodgers and Hart hits, performed by a star-studded cast that includes, besides Rooney in his last on-screen appearance with Judy Garland doing "I Wish I Were In Love Again" (she also does "Johnny One Note"), Gene Kelly and Vera-Ellen ("Slaughter On Tenth Avenue"), Lena Horne ("The Lady Is A Tramp" and "Where Or When"), Mel Tormé ("Blue Moon"), Perry Como ("Mountain Greenery", "The Blue Room" and "With A Song In My Heart"), Betty Garrett ("Way Out West" and "There's A Small Hotel"), June Allyson ("Thou Swell"), Ann Southern ("Where's That Rainbow?"), and more, including plenty of dancing by Cyd Charisse and several of the aforementioned. So a great entertainment, all told, featuring a huge number of the greatest entries in the classic Songbook.
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MUSICAL NUMBERS
 The Lady Is A Tramp
(1937) Babes In Arms Lorenz Hart (w) Richard Rodgers (m)
 Manhattan
(1925) Garrick Gaieties Lorenz Hart (w) Richard Rodgers (m)
 Where Or When
(1937) Babes In Arms Lorenz Hart (w) Richard Rodgers (m)
 I Wish I Were In Love Again
(1937) Babes In Arms Lorenz Hart (w) Richard Rodgers (m)
 Johnny One Note
(1937) Babes In Arms Lorenz Hart (w) Richard Rodgers (m)
 Lover
(1932) Love Me Tonight Lorenz Hart (w) Richard Rodgers (m)
 Spring Is Here
(1938) I Married An Angel Lorenz Hart (w) Richard Rodgers (m)
 Where's That Rainbow?
(1926) Peggy-Ann Lorenz Hart (w) Richard Rodgers (m)
 This Can't Be Love
(1938) The Boys From Syracuse Lorenz Hart (w) Richard Rodgers (m)
 On Your Toes
(1936) On Your Toes Lorenz Hart (w) Richard Rodgers (m)
 Thou Swell
(1927) A Connecticut Yankee Lorenz Hart (w) Richard Rodgers (m)
 Way Out West
(1937) Babes In Arms Lorenz Hart (w) Richard Rodgers (m)
 Mountain Greenery
(1926) Garrick Gaieties 1926 Lorenz Hart (w) Richard Rodgers (m)
 The Blue Room
(1926) The Girl Friend Lorenz Hart (w) Richard Rodgers (m)
 Blue Moon
(1934) Lorenz Hart (w) Richard Rodgers (m)
 Slaughter On Tenth Avenue
(1936) On Your Toes Richard Rodgers (m)
 There's A Small Hotel
(1935) On Your Toes Lorenz Hart (w) Richard Rodgers (m)
 With A Song In My Heart
(1929) Spring Is Here Lorenz Hart (w) Richard Rodgers (m)


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Sheffer Recital Hall
The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts
285 E Broadway
Eugene, Oregon
541-434-7000
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