The Final Collaboration

By | Nov 17, 2009

Prior to his collaboration with Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers worked with Lorenz Hart. Their final collaboration was the revival of their A Connecticut Yankee. The show included six new songs by the team and opened on November 17, 1943.

The show ran for 135 performances closing on March 11, 1944.

The show was based on Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee focusing on the lighter parts of the story.

The original run for the show was November 3, 1927 closing after 421 performances nearly a year later on October 27, 1928.

Hart had been ill while they were working on the project. He developed pneumonia and died on November 22, 1943.

The last song he wrote was To Keep My Love Alive which was one of the songs introduced in the 1943 revival. The song was sung by Vivienne Segal and tells the tale of how the singer disposed of her husbands to prevent them from having the chance to be unfaithful.


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