Rodgers & Hart, the popular songwriting team behind some of Broadway's most memorable tunes, including "My Funny Valentine
," "The Lady is a Tramp
," and "Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered
," wrote this for the 1935 musical extravaganza Jumbo
, but it didn't make the cut. The following year, it landed in the Broadway musical On Your Toes
, starring Ray Bolger as an ex-vaudevillian who gets mixed up with the mob. The role was written for Fred Astaire, but the dancer didn't think the character meshed with his suave and sophisticated persona. So Bolger, just three years shy of his iconic role as The Scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz
, took the lead.
Bolger and his costar Doris Carson introduce "There's A Small Hotel," about a cozy hideaway that houses a bridal suite and a wishing well.