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A suite of 4 Alan Bennett performs, with an creation via the writer which describes the history to their writing and function.

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The tall, skinny Fields played Meyer, the aggressive hustler who cons and bullies the short, bulging-bellied Mike, played by Weber. Both men used their own brand of fractured German-Yiddish-English dialect. " Their act always ended with an emotional farewell scene. "I hop you'll alvays look beck on me as de heppiest moment off your life," Fields would say. "End I vish to express you—charges collect—my uppermost abbreciation off de dishonor you hev informed on me," Weber would reply. Weber and Fields were among the biggest names in vaudeville, but toward the end of their career dissent drove them apart.

The opening number, "Gone Are The Days," sets the pace, managing to rhyme "ecclesiastics,' "bombastics," "iconoclastics," and "gymnastics" in one stanza, and "freaky," "leaky," "sneaky," and "Bolsheviki" in the next. " Other songs included "Dreaming True," a pretty waltz; a neat pastiche number, "Another Melody In F"; and the rousing choral finale "A College On Broadway," a hymn to Columbia. Fly with Me opened—the first of four performances—in the Grand Ballroom of the Astor Hotel on Times Square on March 24, 1920, and got some rave notices ("music that sparkled from the rise of the curtain to its last descent," said the New York Times).

This time it was at the New York, another Bowery museum. . 50 each for a week's work. By that time nothing could drive us away from our set purpose of continuing on the stage. We left school and let our parents in on our game. From the dime museums of the Bowery, where they played nine shows a day, six days a week for five years, Weber and Fields went on to play Flarry Miner's Bowery Theatre at $30 a week and the Comique in Philadelphia at $80 a week, after which they joined Carcross's Minstrels as the first nonblackface act Carcross had ever featured.

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