The Apollo Theatre is a Grade II listed West End theatre, on Shaftesbury Avenue in the City of Westminster, in central London. Designed by the architect Lewin Sharp for owner Henry Lowenfeld, it became the fourth legitimate theatre to be constructed on the street when it opened its doors on 21 February 1901, with the American musical comedy The Belle of Bohemia. Henry Lowenfeld had bought land on the newly created Shaftesbury Avenue at the turn of the 20th century—next door to the Lyric Theatre, which opened in 1888—and as a consequence the Apollo is one of the few theatres in London to be freehold; the only complete theatre design of architect Lewin Sharp, the Apollo was designed for musical theatre and named after the Greek god of the arts and leader of the muses. It was constructed by builder Walter Wallis of plain London brick in keeping with the neighbouring streets; the structure encloses a four-level auditorium, with three cantilevered balconies and a first-floor central loggia, decorated in the Louis XIV Style by Hubert van Hooydonk.
In keeping with European style, each level has its own foyer and promenade. Owing to the death of Queen Victoria the previous month, it became the first London theatre to be completed in the Edwardian period; the capacity on the opening night, 21 February 1901, was 893, with a proscenium of 9.14 metres wide and 8.89 metres deep. The capacity today is 775 seats, with the balcony on the 3rd tier considered the steepest in London. Owing to a unsuccessful opening, impresario Tom B. Davis took a lease on the building, hence management of operations, from 1902; the theatre was renovated by Ernest Schaufelberg in 1932, with a private foyer and anteroom installed to the Royal Box. Prince Littler took control of the theatre in 1944. Stoll Moss Group purchased the theatre in 1975, selling it to Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group and Bridgepoint Capital in 2000. Nica Burns and Max Weitzenhoffer purchased the theatre and several others in 2005, creating Nimax Theatres, which still owns the theatre.
On 19 December 2013, at about 20:15 GMT, 10 square metres of the auditorium's ornate plasterwork ceiling collapsed around 40 minutes into a performance of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. It brought down a lighting rig and a section of balcony, thereby trapping two people and injuring around 88, including seven seriously. There were 720 people in the audience at the time; the incident was preceded by heavy rain. The emergency services responded with 25 ambulance crews, an air ambulance rapid response team, 8 fire engines with more than 50 firefighters, the Metropolitan Police. Casualties were taken to the foyers of the adjacent Gielgud and Queen's theatres, where the emergency services could triage; the London Ambulance Service stated that they had treated 76 injured people, with 58 taken to four London hospitals, some on commandeered buses. Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust said 34 adults and 5 children were subsequently treated in accident and emergency at St Thomas' Hospital.
The venue reopened on 26 March 2014, with an adaptation of Let the Right One In produced by the National Theatre of Scotland. The owners were able to reopen the theatre by sealing the fourth level and balcony with a temporary floor, which allowed investigators to continue their work in determining the cause of the collapse; the opening caused a public uproar, with a selected audience for the first performance, on Thursday 21 February 1901, the first public performance scheduled for 22 February. The Times refused to review the private opening, instead waiting until the first public production on the following day; the opening production was the American musical comedy The Belle of Bohemia, which survived for 72 performances—17 more than it had accomplished when produced on Broadway. The production was followed by John Martin-Harvey's season, including A Cigarette Maker's Romance and The Only Way, an adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities. George Edwardes produced a series of successful Edwardian musical comedies, including Kitty Grey, Three Little Maids and The Girl from Kays.
An English version of André Messager's light opera Véronique became a hit in 1904, starring with Ruth Vincent, who starred in Edward German's Tom Jones in 1907 in which Cicely Courtneidge made her London debut. Between 1908 and 1912 the theatre hosted. After this it staged a variety of works, including seasons of plays by Charles Hawtrey in 1913, 1914 and 1924, Harold Brighouse's Hobson's Choice in 1916. Inside the Lines by Earl Derr Biggers ran for 421 performances in 1917. Gilbert Dayle's What Would a Gentleman Do? Played in 1918 and Tilly of Bloomsbury by Ian Hay was the success in 1919. George Grossmith, Jr. and Edward Laurillard managed the theatre from 1920 to 1923, presenting a series of plays and revivals, including Such a Nice Young Man by H. F. Maltby and the stage version of George Du Maurier's novel Trilby, they had produced The Only Girl here in 1916 and Tilly of Bloomsbury in 1919. The Fake was produced in 1924. 1927 saw Abie's Irish Whispering Wires, with Henry Daniel. The next year, Laurence Olivier starred in R. C.
Sherriff's Journey's End. Seán O'Casey's The Silver Tassie and Ivor Novello's A Symphony in Two Flats both played in 1929. Diana Wynyard starred as Charlotte Brontë in Clemence Dane's Wild Decembers in 1932. Marion Lorne was the star of a number of plays by her husband Walter Hackett from 1934 to 1937. Ian Hay's Housemaster had the most successful run in this period with 662 performances from 1936. Raymond Massey starred in Robert Sherwood's Pulitzer Prize-winning Idiot's Delight in 1938. Patr
Harold Arlen was an American composer of popular music who composed over 500 songs, a number of which have become known worldwide. In addition to composing the songs for the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, including the classic "Over the Rainbow", Arlen is a regarded contributor to the Great American Songbook. "Over the Rainbow" was voted the 20th century's No. 1 song by the Recording Industry Association of America and the National Endowment for the Arts. Arlen was born in New York, United States, the child of a cantor, his twin brother died the next day. He learned to play the piano as a youth, formed a band as a young man, he achieved some local success as a pianist and singer before moving to New York City in his early twenties, where he worked as an accompanist in vaudeville and changed his name to Harold Arlen. Between 1926 and about 1934, Arlen appeared as a band vocalist on records by The Buffalodians, Red Nichols, Joe Venuti, Leo Reisman, Eddie Duchin singing his own compositions. In 1929, Arlen composed his first well-known song: "Get Happy".
Throughout the early and mid-1930s, Arlen and Koehler wrote shows for the Cotton Club, a popular Harlem night club, as well as for Broadway musicals and Hollywood films. Arlen and Koehler's partnership resulted in a number of hit songs, including the familiar standards "Let's Fall in Love" and "Stormy Weather". Arlen continued to perform as a pianist and vocalist with some success, most notably on records with Leo Reisman's society dance orchestra. Arlen's compositions have always been popular with jazz musicians because of his facility at incorporating a blues feeling into the idiom of the American popular song. In the mid-1930s, Arlen married, spent increasing time in California, writing for movie musicals, it was at this time that he began working with lyricist E. Y. "Yip" Harburg. In 1938, the team was hired by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to compose songs for The Wizard of Oz, the most famous of, "Over the Rainbow", for which they won the Academy Award for Best Music, Original Song, they wrote "Down with Love", "Lydia the Tattooed Lady", for Groucho Marx in At the Circus in 1939, "Happiness is a Thing Called Joe", for Ethel Waters in the 1943 movie Cabin in the Sky.
Arlen was a longtime friend and onetime roommate of actor Ray Bolger, who starred in The Wizard of Oz. In the 1940s, he teamed up with lyricist Johnny Mercer, continued to write hit songs like "Blues in the Night", "Out of this World", "That Old Black Magic", "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive", "Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home", "Come Rain or Come Shine" and "One for My Baby". Arlen composed two defining tunes which bookend Judy Garland's musical persona: as a yearning, innocent girl in "Over the Rainbow" and a world-weary, "chic chanteuse" with "The Man That Got Away", the last written for the 1954 version of the film A Star Is Born. Arlen died of cancer at his Manhattan apartment at the age of eighty-one. 1905 Arlen born in Buffalo, New York 1920 He formed his first professional band, Hyman Arluck's Snappy Trio. 1921 Against his parents' wishes. 1923 With his new band – The Southbound Shufflers, performed on the Crystal Beach lake boat "Canadiana" during the summer of 1923. 1924 Performed at Lake Shore Manor during the summer of 1924.
1924 Wrote his first song, collaborating with friend Hyman Cheiffetz to write "My Gal, My Pal". Copyrighting the song as "My Gal, Won't You Please Come Back to Me?" and listed lyrics by Cheiffetz and music by Harold Arluck. 1925 Makes his way to New York City with The Buffalodians, with Arlen playing piano. 1926 Had first published song, collaborating with Dick George to compose "Minor Gaff" under the name Harold Arluck. 1928 Chaim Arluck renames himself a name that combined his parents' surnames. 1929 Landed a singing and acting role as Cokey Joe in the musical The Great Day. 1929 Composed his first well known song – "Get Happy" – under the name Harold Arlen. 1929 Signed a yearlong song writing contract with the George and Arthur Piantadosi firm. 1930–1934 Wrote music for the Cotton Club. 1933 At a party, along with partner Ted Koehler, wrote the major hit song "Stormy Weather" 1933 Billboard heralded Shakespeare as the most prolific playwright in history, Arlen as the most prolific composer. 1934 Wrote "Ill Wind" with lyrics by Ted Koehler for their last show at the Cotton Club Parade, in 1934, sung by Adelaide Hall 1935 Went back to California after being signed by Samuel Goldwyn to write songs for the film Strike Me Pink.
1937 Composed the score for the Broadway musical Hooray for What!. Married 22-year-old Anya Taranda, a celebrated Powers Agency model and former Earl Carroll and Busby Berkeley showgirl and one of the Original "Breck Girls". 1938 Hired by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to compose songs for The Wizard of Oz. 1938 While driving along Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood and stopping in front of Schwab's Drug Store, seeing a rainbow appear over Hollywood, came up with the song "Over the Rainbow". 1941 Wrote "Blues in the Night" 1942 Along with Johnny Mercer, he wrote one of his most famous songs, "That Old Black Magic". 1943 Wrote "My Shining Hour" 1944 While driving with songwriter partner Johnny Mercer came up with the song "Accentuate the Positive". 1945 In a single evening's work in October with Johnny Mercer came up with the song "Come Rain or Come Shine". 1949 Collaborated with Ralph Blane
No, No, Nanette (1940 film)
No, No, Nanette is a 1940 American film directed by Herbert Wilcox and based on both the1919 stage play No, No, Nanette and the 1930 film No, No, Nanette. It was one of several films the British producer/director made with Anna Neagle for RKO studios in the U. S. Personable Nanette helps her philandering millionaire uncle Jimmy out of several embarrassing situations with beautiful women he's promised careers to. Anna Neagle as Nanette Richard Carlson as Tom Gillespie Victor Mature as William Trainor Roland Young as Mr. "Happy" Jimmy Smith Helen Broderick as Mrs. Susan Smith ZaSu Pitts as Pauline Hastings Eve Arden as Kitty Billy Gilbert as Styles Tamara as Sonya Stuart Robertson as Stillwater Jr. / Stillwater Sr. Dorothea Kent as Betty Aubrey Mather as Remington, the butler Mary Gordon as Gertrude, the cook Russell Hicks as "Hutch" Hutchinson Victor Mature was borrowed from Hal Roach. Anna Neagle - "No No Nanette" Anna Neagle and Roland Young - "I Want To Be Happy" Tamara - "I Want To Be Happy" Eve Arden - "I Want To Be Happy" Sung by Anna Neagle and Richard Carlson - "I Want To Be Happy" Anna Neagle and Richard Carlson - "Tea For Two" "Ochi Chornya" Although the film was popular its cost meant it made a small loss of $2,000.
Variety wrote: Musical comedies have much story. That's all right. No one expects them to. Plot is compensated for in a hit tune show by good music. That's an elementary show business lesson taught in a class that producer Herbert Wilcox must have skipped. In making a film version of the 1925 Broadway hit... Wilcox saves all the book but little of the music.'Tea for Two' and'I Want to Be Happy', as well as the title tune,'No, No, Nanette' have been reduced to incidental music. At that, Wilcox has been fortunate. Nanette has a pretty good plot, he has erred, however, in complicating it instead of simplifying it. Wilcox has been lavish, however, in instilling production values in Nanette and there's no denying, despite their age, the lilt of the Vincent Youmans tunes. No, No, Nanette on IMDb No, No, Nanette is available for free download at the Internet Archive
John Joseph Haley Jr was an American vaudevillian, radio host, comedian and dancer best known for his portrayal of the Tin Man and his farmhand counterpart "Hickory" in the classic 1939 MGM film The Wizard of Oz. Haley was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to Canadian-born parents John Joseph Haley Sr. and Ellen Curley Haley. His father was a sailor by trade and died in a ship wreck off the coast of Nova Scotia on February 1, 1899, when Jack was only six months old, he had one older brother, who died of pneumonia in 1915 at the age of 20 after contracting tuberculosis. Haley headlined in vaudeville as a song-and-dance comedian. One of his closest friends was Fred Allen, who would mention "Mr. Jacob Haley of Newton Highlands, Massachusetts" on the air. In the early 1930s, Haley starred in comedy shorts for Vitaphone in New York, his wide-eyed, good-natured expression gained him supporting roles in musical feature films, including Poor Little Rich Girl with Shirley Temple and Higher with Frank Sinatra and the Irving Berlin musical Alexander's Ragtime Band.
Both Poor Little Rich Girl and Alexander's Ragtime Band were released by Twentieth Century-Fox. Haley was under contract to them and appeared in the Fox films Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm and Pigskin Parade, marking his first appearance with Judy Garland. Haley hosted a radio show from 1937 to 1939 known to many as The Jack Haley Show; the first season, the show was known as The Log Cabin Jamboree. The next season, the show was known as The Wonder Show. During the second season the show featured Lucille Ball as regular radio performers. Haley returned to musical comedies in the 1940s. Most of his'40s work was for RKO Radio Pictures, he left the studio in 1947. Phillip Terry took the role, he subsequently went into real estate, taking guest roles in television series over the next couple of decades. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer hired Haley for the part of the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz after its contracted song-and-dance comedian Buddy Ebsen suffered an fatal allergic reaction, he had unwittingly inhaled some of the aluminum dust that composed the majority of the components that went into the creation of his silver face makeup.
Bits of it began to settle on his lungs and within a few days of principal photographic testing, he found himself preparing to sit down to dinner one night only to encounter difficulties taking a regular breath of oxygen. The dust was subsequently converted into a paste for Haley in the hope that the previous catastrophe that befell Ebsen would not be repeated; this time around, however, a different incident occurred. The application of the aluminum paste to Haley's face resulted in an eye infection that led to his being off the set for four days of shooting. Appropriate surgical treatment was administered and any chance of serious or permanent eye damage averted. Haley portrayed the Tin Man's Kansas counterpart, one of Aunt Em and Uncle Henry's farmhands. Haley did not remember the costume fondly. Interviewed about the film years by Tom Snyder, he related that many fans assumed making the film was a fun experience. Haley said, "Like hell it was, it was work!" For his role as the Tin Woodman, Haley spoke in the same soft tone he used when reading bedtime stories to his children.
Oz was one of only two films Haley made for MGM. The other was Pick a 1937 Hal Roach production distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Haley was raised Roman Catholic, he was a member of the Good Shepherd Parish and the Catholic Motion Picture Guild in Beverly Hills, California. He married Florence McFadden, a native of Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania on February 25, 1921. "As show people do, we became inseparable." They remained married until his death. Flo Haley had many film personalities among her clients; the couple had a son, Jack Haley Jr. who became a successful film producer, a daughter, Gloria. In 1974, the younger Haley married entertainer Liza Minnelli, the daughter of his father's Oz co-star Judy Garland; the marriage ended in divorce in 1979. Jack Haley Jr. died on April 21, 2001. Gloria Haley-Parnassus died on May 1, 2010, his nephew Bob Dornan served as a Republican congressman from California. Haley's last film appearance was in 1977's New York, New York—in the lavish "Happy Endings" musical number, he played a host who introduces a top Broadway star at an award ceremony, played by his then-daughter-in-law, Liza Minnelli.
On April 9, 1979 he appeared at the 51st Academy Awards ceremony with his Oz co-star Ray Bolger to present the award for Best Costume Design. Bolger announced Haley the winner. Before he could open the envelope, Bolger asked, "How come you get to read the winner?", to which Haley replied, "When your son produces the show, you can announce the winner." Jack Jr. was the show's producer that year. Haley remained active until a week before his death. On June 6, 1979, Haley died of a heart attack at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, California at the age of 80, he is buried in Culver City, California. Haley's autobiography, Heart of the Tin Man, was published in 2000. Jack Haley on IMDb Jack Haley at the Internet Broadway Database Jack Haley at Find a Grave
Hit the Deck (1930 film)
Hit the Deck is a 1930 American musical film directed by Luther Reed, which starred Jack Oakie and Polly Walker, featured Technicolor sequences. It was based on the musical Hit the Deck, itself based on the play Shore Leave by Hubert Osborne, it was one of the most expensive productions of RKO Radio Pictures up to that time, one of the most expensive productions of 1930. This version faithfully reproduced the stage version of the musical. Jack Oakie as Bilge Polly Walker as Looloo Roger Gray as Mat Franker Wood as Bat Harry Sweet as Bunny Marguerita Padula as Lavinia June Clyde as Toddy Wallace MacDonald as Lieutenant Allen George Ovey as Clarence Ethel Clayton as Mrs. Payne Nate D. Slott as Dan Andy Clark as Dinty Dell Henderson as Admiral Smith Charles Sullivan as Lieutenant Jim Smith Looloo runs a diner, frequented with U. S. Navy sailors on shore leave, including officers. Two officers, Admiral Smith and Lieutenant Allen accompany a wealthy socialite, Mrs. Payne, to the establishment. Mrs. Payne is an heiress, when she engages in conversation with Looloo, she expresses admiration for the necklace Looloo is wearing.
She offers to purchase it for a substantial sum. Two sailors arrive at the diner and Clarence, looking for Lavinia, Clarence's sweetheart who has run away. Bilge, is smitten with Looloo, begins to romance her. Opening up to her, he reveals his desire to become the captain of his own ship after he leaves the navy. Before things go too far, Bilge's shipmates drag him back to his ship, scheduled to set sail. Based on her conversation with Bilge, Looloo decides to sell her necklace to Mrs. Payne, in order to get the funds necessary to buy a ship for Bilge; when Bilge's ship docks once again, the two lovers are re-united, Bilge proposes to Looloo, who accepts. However, when she tells him about the money, the plans she's made to help him buy his own ship, his pride makes him indignant and he storms off. However, he returns and the two agree to marry. "Sometimes I'm Happy" - words by music by Vincent Youmans. Mordaunt Hall, The New York Times critic, gave the film a lackluster review, writing that it "is anything but an inspired entertainment.
Except for one or two sequences, the mixing of the story and spectacle doesn't jell. The fun is labored and the romance is more painful than sympathetic." The Broadway musical, Hit the Deck, on which this film is based was written by Herbert Fields, with music by Vincent Youmans, lyrics by Leo Robin and Clifford Grey. That musical was based on an earlier play, Shore Leave, written by Hubert Osborne, which premiered in New York City on August 8, 1922; the play had been made into a silent film entitled Shore Leave, starring Richard Barthelmess and Dorothy Mackaill. Osborne's play would be remade into another musical version, Follow the Fleet, in 1936, starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers; the film is considered a lost film. The last known copy was destroyed in an RKO fire in the 1950s. List of lost films List of incomplete or lost films List of early color feature films Hit the Deck on IMDb
Tea for Two (film)
Tea for Two is a 1950 American musical film directed by David Butler. The screenplay by Harry Clork and William Jacobs was inspired by the 1925 stage musical No, No, although the plot was changed from the original book by Otto Harbach and Frank Mandel. Set in the Roaring Twenties, the story centers on Nanette Carter, a Westchester socialite with show business aspirations, she offers to invest $25,000 in a Broadway show if her boyfriend, producer Larry Blair, casts her in the starring role. What she doesn't realize is Larry is two-timing her with ingenue Beatrice Darcy, whom he envisions as the lead; when he accepts Nanette's offer, she imposes upon her wealthy, penny-pinching uncle, J. Maxwell Bloomhaus, to lend her the money. He's willing to do so, on one condition - for the next 24 hours, his niece must answer "no" to every question she's asked. Comic complications ensue. Nanette wins, only to discover; the only person still solvent is attorney William Early, Nanette's assistant Pauline Hastings sets out to charm him into backing the show.
Doris Day as Nanette Carter Gordon MacRae as Jimmy Smith Gene Nelson as Tommy Trainor Eve Arden as Pauline Hastings Billy De Wolfe as Larry Blair Bill Goodwin as William Early Virginia Gibson as Mabel Wiley S. Z. Sakall as J. Maxwell Bloomhaus Patrice Wymore as Beatrice Darcy "I Know That You Know" - sung by Doris Day and Gene Nelson "Crazy Rhythm" - sung by Patrice Wymore and Gene Nelson "I Only Have Eyes for You" - sung by Gordon MacRae "Tea for Two" - sung by Doris Day and Gordon MacRae "I Want to Be Happy" - sung by Doris Day and Gordon MacRae "Do Do Do" by - sung by Doris Day and Gordon MacRae "Oh Me! Oh My!" - sung by Doris Day and Gene Nelson "Charleston" - danced to by Billy De Wolfe "Tea for Two" - sung by Doris Day and Gene Nelson "Here in My Arms" - sung by Doris Day "No, No, Nanette" - sung by Doris Day and Gene Nelson "Tea for Two" - sung by Doris Day and Gordon MacRae The film was the first in which Doris Day received top billing and marked the first time she danced on-screen.
This was director Butler and leading lady Day's second collaboration, following It's a Great Feeling the previous year. The two went on to work together on Lullaby of Broadway, April in Paris, By the Light of the Silvery Moon, Calamity Jane. Ray Heindorf served as musical director for the film, the musical sequences were choreographed by Gene Nelson, Eddie Prinz, LeRoy Prinz. Art direction was by Douglas Bacon and the costume designer was Leah Rhodes. Both Gordon MacRae and Gene Nelson appeared together in the film version of Oklahoma!. According to Warner Bros accounts the film earned $2,322,000 domestically and $1,330,000 foreign. In his review in The New York Times, Bosley Crowther called the film "pleasant entertainment," "a sprightly show," and "quite a genial production" and added, "Miss Day and Mr. MacRae... complement each other like peanut butter and jelly."Time wrote, " sheds a Technicolor tear for the good old days of plus fours and the stock-market crash. The story... employs nearly every musical-comedy cliché... as hot-weather entertainment, Tea for Two is at its best when concentrating on the old tunes of Vincent Youmans, George Gershwin and Roger Wolfe Kahn."
Gene Nelson won the Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actor for his work on Tea for Two. Tea for Two on IMDb Tea for Two at AllMovie Tea for Two at the TCM Movie Database Tea for Two at Rotten Tomatoes Review of Tea for Two at TVGuide.com
Vincent Millie Youmans was an American Broadway composer and producer. A leading Broadway composer of his day, Youmans collaborated with all the greatest lyricists on Broadway: Ira Gershwin, Otto Harbach, Oscar Hammerstein II, Irving Caesar, Anne Caldwell, Leo Robin, Howard Dietz, Clifford Grey, Billy Rose, Edward Eliscu, Edward Heyman, Harold Adamson, Buddy De Sylva and Gus Kahn. Youmans' early songs are remarkable for their economy of melodic material: two-, three- or four-note phrases are repeated and varied by subtle harmonic or rhythmic changes. In years, however influenced by Jerome Kern, he turned to longer musical sentences and more free-flowing melodic lines. Youmans published fewer than 100 songs, but 18 of these were considered standards by ASCAP, a remarkably high percentage. Youmans was born in New York City into a prosperous family of hat makers; when he was two, his father moved the family to New York. Youmans attended the Trinity School in Mamaroneck, New York, Heathcote Hall in Rye, New York.
His ambition was to become an engineer, he attended Yale University for a short time. He dropped out to become a runner for a Wall Street brokerage firm, but was soon drafted in the Navy during World War I, although he saw no combat. While stationed in Illinois, he took an interest in the theatre and began producing troop shows for the Navy. After the war, Youmans was a Tin Pan Alley song-plugger for Jerome H. Remick Music Publishers, a rehearsal pianist for composer Victor Herbert’s operettas. In 1921 he collaborated with lyricist Ira Gershwin on the score for Two Little Girls in Blue, which brought him his first Broadway composing credit, his first hit song "Oh Me! Oh My!", a contract with TB Harms Company. His next show was Wildflower, with lyrics by Otto Harbach and Oscar Hammerstein II, a major success, his most enduring success was No, No, with lyrics by Irving Caesar, which reached Broadway in 1925 after an unprecedented try-out in Chicago and subsequent national and international tours.
No, No Nanette was the biggest musical-comedy success of the 1920s in both Europe and the USA and his two songs "Tea for Two" and "I Want to Be Happy" were worldwide hits. Both songs are considered standards. "Tea For Two" was ranked among the most recorded popular songs for decades. In 1927, Youmans began producing his own Broadway shows, he left his publisher TB Harms Company and began publishing his own songs. He had a major success with Hit the Deck!, which included the hit songs "Sometimes I'm Happy" and "Hallelujah". His subsequent productions after 1927 were failures, despite the song, his last contributions to Broadway were additional songs for Take a Chance. In 1933, Youmans wrote the songs for Flying Down to Rio, the first film to feature Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers as a featured dancing pair, his score contained "Orchids in the Moonlight", "The Carioca", "Music Makes Me", the title song. The film was a tremendous hit, it revived the composer's professional prospects, though he never again wrote for Astaire/Rogers.
After a professional career of only 13 years, Youmans was forced into retirement in 1934 after contracting tuberculosis. He spent the remainder of his life battling the disease, his only return to Broadway was to mount an ill-fated extravaganza entitled Vincent Youmans' Ballet Revue, an ambitious mix of Latin-American and classical music, including Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé. Choreographed by Leonide Massine; the production lost some $4 million. He died of tuberculosis in Denver, Colorado. At the time of his death, Youmans left behind a large quantity of unpublished material. In 1970, Youmans was posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 1971, No, No Nanette enjoyed a notable Broadway revival starring Ruby Keeler, choreographed by legendary Hollywood choreographer Busby Berkeley, credited with beginning the nostalgia era on Broadway. In 1983, he was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame. Two Little Girls in Blue Wildflower Mary Jane McKane Lollipop No, No, Nanette Oh, Please!
Hit the Deck Rainbow A Night in Venice Great Day! Smiles Through the Years Take a Chance. Take a Chance Flying Down to Rio No, No, Nanette Tea for Two Hit the Deck "An Invitation" with lyrics by Edward Heyman "An Orphan Is the Girl for Me" with lyrics by Zelda Sears and Walter De Leon "Anyway, We Had Fun" with lyrics by Ring Lardner "April Blossoms" with help from Herbert Stothart and lyrics by Otto Harbach and Oscar Hammerstein II "Armful of You" with lyrics by Clifford Grey and Leo Robin "Bambalina" with help from Herbert Stothart and lyrics by Otto Harbach and Oscar Hammerstein II "Be Good to Me" with lyrics by Ring Lardner "Blue Bowery" with lyrics by Clifford Grey and Harold Adamson "Bo Koo" with lyrics by Zelda Sears and Walter De Leon "The Boy next Door" with lyrics by Otto Harbach and Schuyler Greene "The Bride Was Dressed in White" with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II "The Call of the Sea" with lyrics by Otto Harbach and Irving Caesar "Carioca" with lyrics by Gus Kahn and Edward Eliscu: Academy Award Nomination for Best Original Song "Carry on Keep Smiling" with lyrics by Harold Adamson "The Chinese Party" with lyrics by Clifford Grey and Harold Adamson "Come on and Pet Me" with lyrics by