'Lost Musicals' are a smash in London

May 26, 1992|By New York Times News Service

London -- On a recent Sunday night, an enthusiastic audience watched a concert performance of "By Jupiter," the 1942 musical by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. A neglected work, but one created by what Ian Marshall Fisher, the concert's impresario, calls the "creme de la creme of musical theater writers."

After three acclaimed seasons, "Discover the Lost Musicals" has moved to the 280-seat Cinema One.

In November, if Mr. Fisher gets the cash, he hopes to take his concert versions of two such "lost" American musicals to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington.

Mr. Fisher, 36, said the focus of the series is on "the very finest" of Broadway's librettists, composers and lyricists: Leonard Bernstein, Alan Jay Lerner, Frank Loesser, Oscar Hammerstein II and their peers.

Also to be staged this season is "Jubilee," Cole Porter and Moss Hart's 1935 musical spoof about a royal family whose members decide to live temporarily as ordinary people. The show closed after only 169 performances, despite a score that included "Begin the Beguine."

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