Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks play the songs of

F. Scott Fitzgerald

from his years writing for the

Princeton University Triangle Club

May 9 and 10, 2016 ­­ at Iguana New York


What’s happening here tonight?

Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, with the help of several recent Princeton Triangle Club graduates, are performing four songs for which F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote the lyrics when he was an undergraduate at Princeton (1914 – 1916 ... he didn’t quite graduate with the class of 1917).

Wait? F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote lyrics?

Yes! For lots of songs (around 60 or so) for three original Princeton University Triangle Club Productions ("Fie! Fie! Fi­Fi!," "Safety First," and "The Evil Eye").

What is the Princeton Triangle Club?

For 125 years, the Princeton Triangle Club has created an original musical comedy – written and performed by students, directed and choreographed by professionals – to showcase Princeton’s greatest student talents. Triangle is one of the University’s most well-­known and best-­loved traditions. Some VERY famous writers, composers, and performers got their start with Triangle, including Jimmy Stewart, Jose Ferrer, Joshua Logan, Brooks Bowman (who wrote the song “East of the Sun, West of the Moon” for Triangle), and of course, F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Why is the Princeton Triangle Club promoting this event now?

In 2016 the club celebrates its 125th anniversary and this performance is just one of several wonderful events we’re mounting to celebrate this milestone.

Why Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks?

Vince Giordano is both a virtuoso musician and unrivaled musicologist. He and his band are the preeminent purveyors of music that was performed from the early 1920s to the early 1940s. He is probably best known for his Grammy-­award winning contributions to the HBO series "Boardwalk Empire". His band also kicks ass, so when we wanted to resurrect and recast Fitzgerald songs, we went to Vince.

Is this the first time the songs will be performed in 100 years?

Although there have been performances of Fitzgerald songs (including a wonderful reading of "Fie! Fie! Fi­Fi!" at the New York Public Library earlier this year), to our knowledge this will be the first time they will be performed with an orchestra in 100 years, and certainly the first time they will be performed in an authentic Jazz Age style.

For more information, click HERE to read Robert Lee's narrative from the evening.

Part One

Charlotte Corday

Music by Warburton Guilbert ‘19
Lyrics by F. Scott Fitzgerald ‘17

My Idea of Love

THE EVIL EYE ­­ - 1916
Music by Harry L. Gorden ’16 and Rex Brashear ‘18
Lyrics by F. Scott Fitzgerald ‘17

EAST OF THE SUN (And West of The Moon)

Music and Lyrics by Brooks Bowman ‘36



FIE! FIE! FI­FI! ­­ - 1915
Music by A. L. Booth ‘15
Lyrics by F. Scott Fitzgerald ‘17


FIE! FIE! FI­FI! ­­- 1915
Music by A. L. Booth ‘15
Lyrics by F. Scott Fitzgerald ‘17



Robert Lee '92


Caroline Hertz '15, Chris Beard '15, Sarah Anne Sillers '13


Steve Wexler '80

Musical Director / Piano

Emily Whitaker '15

Videography and Editing

Tony Vallés '97
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