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Follies and Fortunes

Andrew L. Erdman

in Queen of Vaudeville: The Story of Eva Tanguay

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449703
eISBN:
9780801465727
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449703.003.0008
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter recounts Eva Tanguay's casting in Florenz Ziegfeld Jr.'s Follies. Florenz made sure that in addition to a sumptuous salary, the play would reflect Eva's personality, from its song ... More


The Great Ziegfeld

Frederick Nolan

in Lorenz Hart: A Poet on Broadway

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195102895
eISBN:
9780199853212
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195102895.003.0012
Subject:
Music, Popular

By the time Ziegfeld Follies opened at the Casino, Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart were enmeshed in not one but two musicals, destined to open within twenty-four hours of each other. They wasted no ... More


Ziegfeld and His Follies: A Biography of Broadway's Greatest Producer

Cynthia Brideson and Sara Brideson

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780813160887
eISBN:
9780813165530
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813160887.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Whatever audiences craved, whether it was gorgeous girls, catchy tunes, the latest dance craze, or zany humor, the Ziegfeld Follies gave it to them. The producer of the Follies, Florenz Ziegfeld Jr., ... More


Introduction: “A Man of Triple and Quadruple Personalities”

Cynthia Brideson and Sara Brideson

in Ziegfeld and His Follies: A Biography of Broadway's Greatest Producer

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780813160887
eISBN:
9780813165530
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813160887.003.0026
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The introduction discusses the myths surrounding Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. and the many conflicting impressions people had—and still have—about him. Commentary from his friends, employees, and critics ... More


Epilogue: “You Can’t Ever Kill Magic”

Cynthia Brideson and Sara Brideson

in Ziegfeld and His Follies: A Biography of Broadway's Greatest Producer

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780813160887
eISBN:
9780813165530
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813160887.003.0025
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The epilogue reiterates the book’s primary argument that Ziegfeld was not the ruthless, womanizing, one-dimensional producer many historians have made him out to be. It reflects on his flaws but ... More


Staging Intermediality: Darktown, Downtown

Mary Simonson

in Body Knowledge: Performance, Intermediality, and American Entertainment at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199898015
eISBN:
9780199369683
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199898015.003.0001
Subject:
Music, Dance, History, American

In 1914, impresario Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. bought a number from J. Leubrie Hill’s black-cast musical, My Friend from Kentucky (also known as Darktown Follies), and restaged it with his own white ... More


On the Road with Jack

Bruce Vermazen

in That Moaning Saxophone: The Six Brown Brothers and the Dawning of a Musical Craze

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780195372182
eISBN:
9780199864140
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195372182.003.0011
Subject:
Music, History, American

From June 1918 until May 1920, the Six Brown Brothers spent most of their time in road tours of Jack o' Lantern, but they continued to record for Victor, and during Jack o' Lantern's 1918 and 1919 ... More


The Variety Show

Ethan Mordden

in Anything Goes: A History of American Musical Theatre

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199892839
eISBN:
9780199367696
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199892839.003.0007
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

This chapter describes the demise of the revue. The revue was once as solid a genre as any other. It had one outstanding decade, the 1920s; remained imposing in the 1930s and 1940s; and became ... More


Dancing into the New Century 1900–1907

Michael G. Ankerich

in Mae Murray: The Girl with the Bee-Stung Lips

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780813136905
eISBN:
9780813141381
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813136905.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter brings the reader into the new century and follows Mae Murray as she set about making her dreams come true. She is introduced to the likes of Vernon Castle, Julian Mitchell, and Florenz ... More


Colored Chorus Curtains

Todd Decker

in Show Boat: Performing Race in an American Musical

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199759378
eISBN:
9780199979554
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199759378.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, American, Popular

Show Boat's black chorus played an important role in the success of the 1927 production. The black press followed Show Boat closely and this chapter recovers how African ... More


Big Fish: Peggy-Ann (1926), Ziegfeld, and a Flop Called Betsy (1926)

Dominic Symonds

in We’ll Have Manhattan: The Early Work of Rodgers & Hart

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199929481
eISBN:
9780190216870
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199929481.003.0007
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

By now Rodgers and Hart were the busiest writers on Broadway. When two shows came up at once it didn’t worry them a bit. Yet where they scored a hit with Peggy-Ann, which was another Fields success, ... More


Show Girl and The Dybbuk (1929)

Howard Pollack

in George Gershwin: His Life and Work

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520248649
eISBN:
9780520933149
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520248649.003.0024
Subject:
Music, History, American

In the spring of 1929, Florenz Ziegfeld persuaded George and Ira to work on Show Girl. In the tradition of J.P. McEvoy's theatrical work, the novel satirizes American culture from greeting-card ... More


The Robeson Plan

Todd Decker

in Show Boat: Performing Race in an American Musical

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199759378
eISBN:
9780199979554
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199759378.003.0002
Subject:
Music, History, American, Popular

Paul Robeson was the primary inspiration for the song “Ol' Man River.” This chapter details Robeson's mid-Twenties career as a dramatic actor and singer of concert spirituals and describes how Kern ... More


Rosalie and Treasure Girl (1928)

Howard Pollack

in George Gershwin: His Life and Work

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520248649
eISBN:
9780520933149
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520248649.003.0022
Subject:
Music, History, American

Less than two months after Funny Face debuted in New York, producer Florenz Ziegfeld launched a new show, Rosalie, with music by Gershwin and Sigmund Romberg, and lyrics by Ira and P. G. Wodehouse. ... More


Ten Cents a Dance

Frederick Nolan

in Lorenz Hart: A Poet on Broadway

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195102895
eISBN:
9780199853212
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195102895.003.0019
Subject:
Music, Popular

Charles B. Cochran invited Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers to do the music for a show which would star Jessie Matthews, now a major name in London. They sent the outline to Cochran, who loved it but ... More


Featuring Robeson: 1928–1940

Todd Decker

in Show Boat: Performing Race in an American Musical

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199759378
eISBN:
9780199979554
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199759378.003.0006
Subject:
Music, History, American, Popular

Paul Robeson played Joe for just over a decade, appearing in the first London production in 1928, the 1932 Broadway revival, the 1936 Universal Pictures film, and a 1940 Los Angeles production. All ... More


Stage and Screen

Christopher Innes

in Designing Modern America: Broadway to Main Street

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300108040
eISBN:
9780300129557
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300108040.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter describes theater buildings as the most openly theatrical of all public spaces. Created by Urban and Bel Geddes themselves, they exhibited a fusion of design, architecture, and fashion. ... More


The Morgan Plan

Todd Decker

in Show Boat: Performing Race in an American Musical

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199759378
eISBN:
9780199979554
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199759378.003.0003
Subject:
Music, History, American, Popular

Nightclub singer Helen Morgan defined the important role of Julie. The interpolated song “Bill,” a signature moment in act two, was chosen specifically to match Morgan's existing persona as a singer ... More


Hard Times on Broadway

Frederick Nolan

in Lorenz Hart: A Poet on Broadway

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195102895
eISBN:
9780199853212
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195102895.003.0020
Subject:
Music, Popular

When Lorenz Hart got back to New York, the Broadway picture didn't look so rosy; everyone was suffering from falling ticket sales and tight budgets. Even the hit Cole Porter show The New Yorkers ... More


Catherine Littlefield: A Life in Dance

Sharon Skeel

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
December 2020
ISBN:
9780190654542
eISBN:
9780190654573
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190654542.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Dance

Born in Philadelphia in 1905, Catherine Littlefield first learns dancing from her mother, Caroline (called Mommie), who was an expert pianist, and from a local dancing master, C. Ellwood Carpenter. ... More


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