Ned Rorem in New York - 19 November, 1986

from Lies: A Diary 1986-1999, page 50:

The high point in our European summer of 1936 was seeing Show Boat six times in Oslo. The recent replay brought back each frame like yesterday. Helen Morgan is as moving as before, Paul Robeson;s mere presence is overwhelming (not least in Ol' Man River, one of the great songs ever, in shape, scope, inspiration, and also in Hammerstein's lyrics), while Irene Dunne remains silly throughout.

cite as

Ned Rorem, Lies: A Diary 1986-1999 (New York, 2002), p. 50. accessed: 22 April, 2024

location of experience: New York


Ned Rorem
Critic, essayist, Composer, Diarist […]

Listening to

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Show Boat
written by Oscar Hammerstein, Richard Rogers
performed by Paul Robeson

Experience Information

Date/Time 19 November, 1986
Medium broadcast
Listening Environment in private, indoors, solitary

Originally submitted by pashworth on Wed, 08 Jul 2015 21:45:11 +0100
Approved on Mon, 01 Feb 2016 00:01:59 +0000