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Boy Dancer

Kevin Winkler

in Big Deal: Bob Fosse and Dance in the American Musical

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
March 2018
ISBN:
9780199336791
eISBN:
9780190841478
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199336791.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Dance, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter explores the foundation of Bob Fosse’s dance style through his years as a young performer in the waning days of vaudeville, his teenage appearances in Chicago area nightclubs and ... More


Turning to the 1920s

Andy Propst

in They Made Us Happy: Betty Comden & Adolph Green's Musicals & Movies

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
March 2019
ISBN:
9780190630935
eISBN:
9780190630966
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190630935.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Popular

Betty Comden and Adolph Green realized that after On the Town their newfound success as writers required that they attempt devising a second musical. In short order they penned Billion Dollar Baby, ... More


The Dances of Oklahoma!: An Authorship, or Work for Hire?

Kara Anne Gardner

in Agnes de Mille: Telling Stories in Broadway Dance

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780199733682
eISBN:
9780190246082
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199733682.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Dance, History, American

This chapter discusses de Mille’s collaboration with Rodgers and Hammerstein on Oklahoma!, her first Broadway hit. It describes the integral role dance played in the show; the nature of de Mille’s ... More


“There is going to be a permanent ballet company in Philadelphia.”: Catherine Littlefield

Sharon Skeel

in Catherine Littlefield: A Life in Dance

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
December 2020
ISBN:
9780190654542
eISBN:
9780190654573
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190654542.003.0009
Subject:
Music, Dance

Catherine tries to make ballet more appealing to Americans by recruiting and training “manly” men with no prior dance experience. She hires Alexis Dolinoff as her partner, répétiteur, and men’s ... More


“An enormous macédoine of musical comedy, patriotism, and burlesque, spangled with American history—that is ‘American Jubilee.’ ”: Anonymous

Sharon Skeel

in Catherine Littlefield: A Life in Dance

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
December 2020
ISBN:
9780190654542
eISBN:
9780190654573
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190654542.003.0013
Subject:
Music, Dance

Joan McCracken leaves the Littlefields to perform at Radio City Music Hall and eventually on Broadway. Catherine stages dances for the large-scale “American Jubilee” pageant at the World’s Fair in ... More


Fitting the “Civil War Ballet” into Bloomer Girl

Kara Anne Gardner

in Agnes de Mille: Telling Stories in Broadway Dance

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780199733682
eISBN:
9780190246082
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199733682.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Dance, History, American

Bloomer Girl (lyricist Yip Harburg, composer Harold Arlen) provides another case study of the way de Mille incorporated dance into the fabric of her Broadway musicals. The show premiered in 1944, ... More


Agnes de Mille on Broadway: 1943–1945

Liza Gennaro

in Making Broadway Dance

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
December 2021
ISBN:
9780190631093
eISBN:
9780190631123
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190631093.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Dance, Popular

Examination of Agnes de Mille as a radical dance maker in her choreographic trifecta—Oklahoma! (1943), One Touch of Venus (1943), and Bloomer Girl (1944)—reveals an ideological shift in the ... More


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