Broadway Close Up: Dorothy Fields and the American Musical

Sean Hartley – Kaufman Music Center

Dorothy Fields Songs & Musicals

The first golden age of American musical theater gave rise to many of our greatest songwriters, including the Gershwin brothers, Cole Porter and Rodgers & Hart. But in that “set” there was only one woman: Dorothy Fields. Dorothy wrote lyrics for composers Jerome Kern, Arthur Schwartz and Cy Coleman, and scripts for Cole Porter and Irving Berlin in a forty-year career that included triumphs in Hollywood (“Swing Time”) and on Broadway (“Annie Get Your Gun” and “Sweet Charity”). Among her best-known lyrics are: “I Can’t Give You Anything but Love,” “On the Sunny Side of the Street,” “Hey, Big Spender” and the song for which she and Jerome Kern won the Academy Award for Best Song, “The Way You Look Tonight.”

This class has been produced in conjunction with the Kaufman Music Center’s Broadway Close Up series, and will feature performances by Sean Hartley and Gabrielle Stravelli, accompanied by Pianist/Musical Director Greg Jarrett. Songs will include: “I Can’t Give You Anything but Love,” “He Had Refinement,” “I’m Way Ahead,” and “The Way You Look Tonight.”

 

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