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Irving Berlin's American Musical Theater

Jeffrey Magee

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780195398267
eISBN:
9780199933358
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195398267.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American, Popular

“The mob is always right” was the idea that charged Irving Berlin’s career in American popular music. Taking off from that claim, this book represents a wide-ranging exploration of America’s greatest ... More


Mormons, Musical Theater, and Belonging in America

Jake Johnson

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780252042515
eISBN:
9780252051364
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042515.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western

American musical theater is often dismissed as frivolous or kitschy entertainment. But what if musicals actually mattered a great deal? What if perhaps the most innocuous musical genre in America ... More


Lying in the Middle: Musical Theater and Belief at the Heart of America

Jake Johnson

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
May 2022
ISBN:
9780252043925
eISBN:
9780252052859
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252043925.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This book theorizes and conceptualizes the Middle space musical theater maintains in America--between professional and amateur, urban and rural, fact and fiction, fantasy and reality, truth and ... More


Broadway

James Wierzbicki

in Music in the Age of Anxiety: American Music in the Fifties

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040078
eISBN:
9780252098277
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040078.003.0006
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter illustrates how veteran Broadway factotum Lehman Engel—in one of the first books that dealt with the substance of American musical theater and its history—delineated the distinguishing ... More


Coming up Roses: The Broadway Musical in the 1950s

Ethan Mordden

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195140583
eISBN:
9780199848867
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195140583.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Popular

The 1950s saw an explosion in the American musical theater. The Broadway show, catapulted into the limelight in the 1920s and solidified during the 1940s thanks to Rodgers and Hammerstein, now ... More


Finale

Vicki Ohl

in Fine and Dandy: The Life and Work of Kay Swift

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300102611
eISBN:
9780300130393
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300102611.003.0012
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter describes Kay Swift's work in musical composition during the later years of her life. It explains that Swift teamed with Robert Kimball in the summer of 1980 to teach a class on American ... More


Turn Back the Universe

Brian Harker

in Sportin' Life: John W. Bubbles, An American Classic

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
June 2022
ISBN:
9780197514511
eISBN:
9780197514542
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197514511.003.0017
Subject:
Music, History, American, Dance

This chapter covers the revival of Bubbles’s career with his return to the United States in the late 1950s. This dramatic comeback began with the patronage of Peter Lind Hayes, a longtime champion of ... More


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