Although Dorothy had enjoyed her Beverley Hills lifestyle, she
returned to New York at the end of the decade. Having divorced from
her first husband a few years before, she had met businessman Eli
Lahm, who became her second husband in 1939. They settled in Manhattan.
Back in New York, Dorothy was also back on Broadway with a new book
musical, working with composer Arthur Schwartz. The show was Stars
in Your Eyes and it had an impressive pair of stars in Ethel
Merman and Jimmy Durante.
Dorothy found the whole process more rewarding than her movie-making
with it in every phase the writing,first and then
all through rehearsals, the out of town tryout, until you get to
New York. When you write a score for a picture, you write it, and
you leave. You don't see it for maybe nine months or a year. You
become completely disassociated with it, and you don't even remember
what you wrote. That happened to me a couple of times; I was amazed
at the songs we had written.
Dorothy and her new husband had two children in the early 1940s.
She remained active in the theatre, but not as a lyricist; with
Herb she wrote the books for three hit Cole Porter shows: Let's
Face It, Something For The Boys, and Mexican Hayride, the last two
starring Ethel Merman.