Lorenz Hart

Lorenz Hart was born in New York City on May 2, 1895. Rodgers & Hart began their career writing the scores for amateur musicals presented at charity benefits and Columbia Varsity Shows.  Rodgers & Hart made their professional debut with the song "Any Old Place With You," featured in the 1919 Broadway musical comedy A LONELY ROMEO. Their breakthrough came with the score for a 1925 charity show, THE GARRICK GAITIES" From 1920 to 1930 Rodgers & Hart wrote an astonishing array of musical comedies for Broadway and London's West End. At their pinnacle the team was writing an average of four new shows a year, and among these was: DEAREST ENEMY, BETSY, PEGGY-ANN, THE GIRL FRIEND, CHEE-CHEE and A CONNECTICUT YANKEE.

In 1930, the team relocated to Hollywood, where they contributed songs and wrote the scores for several movie musicals, including the landmark LOVE ME TONIGHT starring Maurice Chevalier; THE PHANTOM PRESIDENT starring George M. Cohan; HALLELUJAH, I'M A BUM, starring Al Jolson; and MISSISSIPPI starring Bing Crosby and W.C. Fields. Hart also provided the translation for a 1934 MGM version of Lehar's THE MERRY WIDOW, and in the same year, wrote with Rodgers their only "pop song" — "Blue Moon."

In 1995 Hart's centennial was celebrated from coast to coast, with special events in his hometown of "Manhattan," and in 1999 Hart was commemorated on a U.S. postage stamp.