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Guys and Dolls and The Most Happy Fella: The Greater Loesser

Geoffrey Block

in Enchanted Evenings: The Broadway Musical from Show Boat to Sondheim

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195167306
eISBN:
9780199849840
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167306.003.0010
Subject:
Music, Popular

Two 1950s classics by Frank Loesser, Guys and Dolls (1950) and The Most Happy Fella (1956), remain the toast of Broadway in the 1990s. Even those who love to hate Broadway musicals make an exception ... More


Frank Loesser: Born: June 29, 1910, New York, New York Born: June 29, 1910, New York, New York Died: July 28, 1969, New York, New York

Steven Suskin

in Show Tunes: The Songs, Shows, and Careers of Broadway’s Major Composers

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195314076
eISBN:
9780199852734
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314076.003.0018
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter examines the work of Frank Loesser. It begins with an extended commentary of his career, followed by details on productions, with data and song information. Loesser came from a musical ... More


Four. A Flash in Tin Pan Alley

Steve Swayne

in Orpheus in Manhattan: William Schuman and the Shaping of America's Musical Life

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780195388527
eISBN:
9780199894345
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195388527.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, American, History, Western

This chapter traces the end of Schuman's high school career, his ill-fated studies at New York University's School of Commerce, and his discovery of classical music at Carnegie Hall in 1930. From the ... More


Johnny Mercer, Frank Loesser, and Harold Arlen

Ethan Mordden

in When Broadway Went to Hollywood

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780199395408
eISBN:
9780199395439
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199395408.003.0010
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter focuses on the Hollywood musicals of Johnny Mercer, Frank Loesser, and Harold Arlen. Mercer was primarily a lyricist but he occasionally wrote music as well. His works include the theme ... More


The Street, 1952

Ethan Mordden

in Coming up Roses: The Broadway Musical in the 1950s

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195140583
eISBN:
9780199848867
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195140583.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Popular

It is the coming together of Irving Berlin and Frank Loesser, Ethel Merman and Vivian Blaine, Moss Hart and Michael Kidd, slambang musical comedy and the stimulating musical play—the old guard and ... More


Where’s Charley?

Holly Van Leuven

in Ray Bolger: More than a Scarecrow

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2019
ISBN:
9780190639044
eISBN:
9780190639075
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190639044.003.0009
Subject:
Music, Popular

Chapter 8 chronicles the inception and creation of Where’s Charley?, Bolger’s most important Broadway show. The estate that held rights to the show agreed to let Feuer and Martin produce it if three ... More


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