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Oh, Moss, Alan, and Fritz worked together so perfectly
on My Fair Lady! That was why Camelot was considered such a
cinch. Everybody wanted to be in on that one. Indeed it ran
over a year. But it didn't have the story that My Fair Lady
Launcelot has always been a bore to me. King Arthur
and Guenevere are a wonderful story, but this prig Launcelot
comes along! The perfect man, the man who has all of the
virtues, is usually a pain in the ass.
Did you ever invest any money in the plays?
No. I had seen Horace Liveright go broke backing
shows, and when Donald and I started, we made an absolute
rule that we would never put a penny into a show. In some
cases this has been very costly, but on the whole I think
that anybody who invests in somebody else's business is a
sucker. Angels are pathetic to me. In the old days, the
only reason that they put money in a show was that they
hoped to get the chorus girls. That made some sense at
least. They got something for their money. Today they are
not even allowed to go to rehearsals. Producers take their
money, and that's the end. We could have been in on all the
Rodgers and Hart, and Rodgers and Hammerstein smash hits!
We saw the Oklahoma rehearsal when the Guild needed additional
financing. Sidney Kingsley invited us to a run-through of
Dead End when he needed money, but we had our rule and we
stuck to it. By and large, it's saved us a fortune.
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