Writers / Artists
Artist's Web Site: http://www.dorothyfields.org
Dorothy Fields (July 15, 1905 – March 28, 1974) was a legendary American librettist and lyricist. From the 1920′s through the 1950′s, she co-wrote over 400 songs for Broadway musicals and films including “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love”, “Exactly Like You”, “On The Sunny Side of the Street” and “The Way You Look Tonight”. She also enjoyed success as a librettist, writing the books for numerous musicals including: Stars In Your Eyes, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Let’s Face it!, Something for the Boys, Mexican Hayride, and Annie Get Your Gun.
For the first half of the 1960′s, Dorothy did not work for the theatre. She needed someone to tempt her back, and the person who finally took on that role was young composer Cy Coleman. He was firmly of the new generation, a jazz pianist who loved the Manhattan night life. Cy had two Broadway shows under his belt; Wildcat and the great success, Little Me. Fittingly, her first project with Coleman was a contemporary piece, the first time Dorothy had written for a modern-day musical since Stars in Your Eyes. Sweet Charity was the product of a five-person creative team – Fields, Coleman, Fosse, Verdon and Neil Simon – in which Dorothy stood out as being a generation older than the other four. Sweet Charity was one of the last Broadway shows where individual songs made an immediate, lasting impact on a wider audience – “Big Spender” and “If My Friends Could See Me Now” were huge hits in their own right. Dorothy had one final show produced on Broadway in 1973 (music by Coleman) – Seesaw (based on the William Gibson play Two for the Seesaw.
Contact & Licensing Info:
The scores of Sweet Charity and Seesaw are published by Notable Music Co. Inc. in co-publication with Lida Enterprises Inc. & Aldi Music Co. (ASCAP).
Sweet Charity (1969 Film Soundtrack) BUY
Sweet Charity: A New Musical Comedy (1966 Original Broadway Cast) BUY
Sweet Charity: 1986 Broadway Cast Revival BUY
Sweet Charity (2005 Broadway Revival Cast) BUY
Seesaw (1973 Original Broadway Cast) BUY