Three autograph lyrics, one autograph piano and vocal score with lyrics, one piano and vocal score with lyrics in another's hand but labelled by the composer, as follows:
“Maiden Fair,” “So in Love,” “I Sleep Easier Now [4 copies],” autograph lyrics. [New York,] 4 October 1950. Folio (10 7/8 x 8 ½ in.; 278 x 216 mm.), written in pencil on lined notepaper. The first and third from Out of this World, the second from Kiss Me Kate.
“Glide, Glider, Glide.” Autograph piano and vocal score, with lyrics. [New York, c. 1942]. Folio (12 ½ x 9 ¼ in.; 317 x 235 mm.), written in pencil on music manuscript paper, 3 pages joined edge-to-edge with cello tape. With typescript lyrics taped to verso. An independent song.
“When the Hen Stops Laying.” Piano and vocal score, with lyrics, labelled by the composer. [New York, c. 1938]. Folio (12 3/8 x 9 ¼ in.; 315 x 235 mm.), written in pencil on music manuscript paper, 6 pages, plus 2 blank leaves and an additional 7 bars; small dampstain at lower edge. From the show Leave it to Me.
Leave it to Me opened at the Imperial Theatre in New York on November 9, 1938, where it ran for 291 performances. It starred the legendary comedy team of William Gaxton and Victor Moore, with Sophie Tucker and Tamara thrown in for good measure. It also introduced Mary Martin and Gene Kelly. This is the show that put Ms. Martin on the road to fame by her singing "My Heart Belongs to Daddy." The song "When the Hen Stops Laying" was dropped while the show was on the road in Boston, and was replaced by "When All's Said and Done". This could not, in 1938, have been due to the politically incorrect lyrics "When the Irish have ceased drinking, and the Scotch have begun treating ... that's when Poppa stops loving you."
Out of this World opened 21 December 1950 at the New Century Theatre in New York. Based on the Amphitryon of Plautus, in ran for 157 performances, and was staged by Agnes de Mille. Its most famous song is "From This Moment On" which was actually cut from the production in tryouts.
Kiss Me Kate opened 30 December 1948 at the New Century Theatre, ran for 1077 performances, and closed at the Shubert Theatre in July of 1951. The songs "Too Darn Hot" and "So In Love" are two of the best known songs from the show.
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