Scope and arrangement
The Ned Lehac papers, dating from 1920 to 1997, document Lehac’s music career through scores, correspondence, performance programs, clippings, and a historical essay. The scores consist primarily of manuscript and published lead sheets or piano/vocal scores. They include songs written with lyricists Edward Eliscu, Joe Darion, Allen Boretz, Robert Sour, Joey Faye, and Billy Rose, some of which are from the revues Garrick Gaieties (1930) and Sing for Your Supper (1938). The manuscripts include lead sheets for which no lyrics were written, as well as lyrics by Joe Darion and Jane Sherman Lehac which were never set to music. They also hold Lehac’s last completed composition, Attention Please (1996), with lyrics by Joey Faye, and an orchestration by Maurice Previn of the Lehac - Allen Boretz song Beauty (from Garrick Gaieties).
The remainder of the collection holds an essay by Lehac titled The Story of Sing for Your Supper (1981); a written list of Lehac’s published songs; correspondence with Lehac’s co-authors, publisher, and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) regarding songs, copyrights, and contracts; a letter from Ira Gershwin supporting Lehac’s membership in ASCAP; performance programs; and clippings. The earliest program is for a satirical musical by Lehac and Edward Eliscu presented at City College of New York in 1920 (the program, which also contains clippings about the show, credits Lehac as Ned Levin). Other programs are for Nine Fifteen Revue (1930), Of V We Sing (1942), Sing for Your Supper (1939), and Let’s Play Fair (1938).
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