Words And Music
M-G-M (1948)
Fri, Aug 11, 10:00 am - 12:15 pm
Sheffer Recital Hall, The Shedd Institute
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.
Event Personnel
Howard Schuman, host
Soundtrack
 The Lady Is A Tramp
(1937) Babes In Arms
Words by Lorenz Hart - Music by Richard Rodgers
 Manhattan
(1925) Garrick Gaieties
Words by Lorenz Hart - Music by Richard Rodgers
 Where Or When
(1937) Babes In Arms
Words by Lorenz Hart - Music by Richard Rodgers
 I Wish I Were In Love Again
(1937) Babes In Arms
Words by Lorenz Hart - Music by Richard Rodgers
 Johnny One Note
(1937) Babes In Arms
Words by Lorenz Hart - Music by Richard Rodgers
 Lover
(1932) Love Me Tonight
Words by Lorenz Hart - Music by Richard Rodgers
 Spring Is Here
(1938) I Married An Angel
Words by Lorenz Hart - Music by Richard Rodgers
 Where's That Rainbow?
(1926)
Words by Lorenz Hart - Music by Richard Rodgers
 This Can't Be Love
(1938) The Boys From Syracuse
Words by Lorenz Hart - Music by Richard Rodgers
 On Your Toes
(1936) On Your Toes
Words by Lorenz Hart - Music by Richard Rodgers
 Thou Swell
(1927) A Connecticut Yankee
Words by Lorenz Hart - Music by Richard Rodgers
 Way Out West
(1937) Babes In Arms
Words by Lorenz Hart - Music by Richard Rodgers
 Mountain Greenery
(1926) Garrick Gaieties 1926
Words by Lorenz Hart - Music by Richard Rodgers
 The Blue Room
(1926) The Girl Friend
Words by Lorenz Hart - Music by Richard Rodgers
 Blue Moon
(1934)
Words by Lorenz Hart - Music by Richard Rodgers
 Slaughter On Tenth Avenue
(1936) On Your Toes
Music by Richard Rodgers
 There's A Small Hotel
(1935) On Your Toes
Words by Lorenz Hart - Music by Richard Rodgers
 With A Song In My Heart
(1929) Spring Is Here
Words by Lorenz Hart - Music by Richard Rodgers
Featured composers, lyricists, creators
Lorenz Hart, 1895-1943
Richard Rodgers, 1902-1979
Ticket/Venue Info
Sheffer Recital Hall
The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts
285 E Broadway
Eugene, Oregon
541-434-7000

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