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Harold Rome (1908-1993) was an American composer, lyricist, and writer for musical theater.


"[A]t a time when President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal programs were waning and fascism was on the rise.... Depression-weary theatergoers were drawn to agitprop plays and satirical revues both on and off Broadway. Harold Rome's Pins and Needles, which was sponsored by the International Ladies Garment Workers Union and performed by its members, opened Nov. 27, 1937 at New York's Labor Stage. Taking potshots at bigots, militarists and reactionaries, it was an immediate hit and ran for 1,108 performances. The success of Rome's musical led to America's first political cabaret, 'Cabaret T.A.C.', in May 1938. Sponsored by the Theater Arts Committee, this weekly after-hours event attracted many of New York's finest literary and musical talents; proceeds were used to help raise funds for anti-fascists fighting Franco in the Spanish Civil War. 'Cabaret T.A.C.' was a mixture of socially significant skits, dances, songs and comic monologues."

—Dave Samuelson, Songs for Political Action: Folk Music,

Topical Songs and the American Left, 1926-1953


Back to Work
Chain Store Daisy
Cream of Mush
Doing the Reactionary
Four Little Angels of Peace
I'm Just Nuts about You
It's Better with a Union Man
I've Got the Nerve to Be in Love
Mene, Mene, Tekel
Nobody Makes a Pass at Me
Not Cricket to Picket
One Big Union for Two
Room for One
Sing Me a Song with Social Significance
Sitting on Your Status Quo
Sunday in the Park
We Sing America
What Good Is Love?
When I Grow Up


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