Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The Stockton Inn -"There's a Small Hotel"

Accidentally found the perfect place for lunch today on the way back from Philadelphia by way of Camden. A great afternoon to celebrate Maggie H's many contributions to the arts.
This from the history of the Stockton Inn...

1933 Lorenz Hart, musical collaborator with Richard Rodgers, wrote the song, "There's A Small Hotel." That famous song was inspired by the Stockton Inn and it's tranquil garden setting. The song was originally intended for the Broadway Musical Jumbo produced by Billy Rose. Because of the length of the production, the song was pulled just before opening and later appeared in another of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Harts collaborations, a 1936 Broadway hit, On Your Toes.

Band leader Paul Whiteman kept a regular table at Colligan's and signed off his radio and TV shows announcing he was "going to dinner at Ma Colligan's". The Inn became a mecca for writers, artists, and thespians. A table favored by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchley, Damon Runyon and S. J. Perleman became known as the "Algonquin Roundtable" in honor of their New York City hangout.


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