Music: What Counts

Tunesmith Richard Rodgers well remembers May 17, 1925. That was the day a group of Theatre Guild youngsters bounced onto the stage of Broadway's Garrick Theatre and sang, danced and mugged their way through a little revue named Garrick Gaieties. In the pit, conducting his own catchy, melodious score, was Richard Rodgers himself. Garrick Gaieties was supposed to be a one-night stand, to raise money for new tapestries for the Theatre Guild. But when it was all over and the audience had gone home humming Rodgers' tunes (Manhattan, Sentimental Me), the Guild had more than its tapestries. It had a hit...

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