Fields, who died in 1974, had a career that spanned six decades and encompassed some 500 songs, 19 Broadway musicals (amongst them Annie Get Your Gun and Sweet Charity) and some of the 20th century's most memorable show tunes, not least "I'm in the Mood For Love", "On the Sunny Side of the Street", "A Fine Romance", "Big Spender" and "The Way You Look Tonight". The last, which featured in the film Swing Time starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, was rewarded with an Oscar in 1937. Fields was the first female to win an Oscar and also the first to be inducted into the Songwriters' Hall of Fame.
During her career, Fields also worked with some of the US's biggest names in music - including Rodgers and Hammerstein, Arthur Schwartz, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern and Irving Berlin - yet she never achieved the fame or recognition of her male contemporaries.
David Kernan and Eden Phillips, who devised Dorothy Fields Forever, aim to redress the balance with their tribute to "a neglected legend in the world of song....Hollywood's first forgotten lady of lyrics". In the revue - written by Phillips and directed by Kernan - Angela Richards plays Fields. She is joined in the cast by Robert Meadmore, Rebecca Lock, Kathryn Akin and Storie James.
- by Terri Paddock