| The projects which never came to fruition
continued in the early 70s. The most significant in terms of effort
was the full score written by Coleman and Fields for a proposed show
Eleanor, about the life
of the young Eleanor Roosevelt.
Finally in March 1973 after many trials and tribulations, Dorothy
did have a final show produced on Broadway Seesaw
. The toll the experience took was reflected in Dorothy's comment
: It's impossible to do a Broadway show today but you do
it anyway, for love.
Another important event towards the end of Dorothy's life was the evening in
1972 dedicated to her work in the Lyrics and Lyricists series.
Although Dorothy had always performed songs at parties, she was nervous
about speaking and singing in a concert format, and must have been
gratified at the enthusiastic reception she received. The recording
of this concert is available on CD, and is highly recommended.
On 28 th March 1974 Dorothy attended rehearsals for the
imminent national tour of Seesaw. On returning home she suffered a
fatal stroke. She was sixty-nine years old.