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Bernstein Meets Broadway: Collaborative Art in a Time of War

Carol Oja

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2014
ISBN:
9780199862092
eISBN:
9780199379989
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199862092.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American, Dance

This book constructs a wide-ranging cultural history to explore the earliest stage works of Leonard Bernstein, written during World War II: the Broadway musical On the Town, the ballet Fancy Free, ... More


Crossover Composition: The Musical Identities of On the Town

Carol J. Oja

in Bernstein Meets Broadway: Collaborative Art in a Time of War

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2014
ISBN:
9780199862092
eISBN:
9780199379989
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199862092.003.0008
Subject:
Music, History, American, Dance

This chapter probes the distinctive compositional voice that Bernstein developed in On the Town, a style that relished high-low fusions while shunning existing cultural hierarchies. Bernstein’s music ... More


Creating a Broadway Musical: The Conception and Debut of On the Town

Carol J. Oja

in Bernstein Meets Broadway: Collaborative Art in a Time of War

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2014
ISBN:
9780199862092
eISBN:
9780199379989
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199862092.003.0004
Subject:
Music, History, American, Dance

On the Town fused the creative voices of Fancy Free and The Revuers. This chapter chronicles the genesis of the, emphasizing how its key personnel crossed over freely between concert halls and ... More


Desegregating Broadway: On the Town and Race

Carol J. Oja

in Bernstein Meets Broadway: Collaborative Art in a Time of War

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2014
ISBN:
9780199862092
eISBN:
9780199379989
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199862092.003.0006
Subject:
Music, History, American, Dance

The cast of the original production of On the Town included six African Americans (four dancers and two singers). This chapter uses On the Town as a lens to explore the struggle for racial equality ... More


A Jazz-Shaped America: Swing Styles in Fancy Free and On the Town

Katherine Baber

in Leonard Bernstein and the Language of Jazz

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780252042379
eISBN:
9780252051210
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042379.003.0004
Subject:
Music, History, American

Chapter 3 examines the deployment of types and styles from within the jazz idiom in Fancy Free and On the Town and how their juxtaposition may be read as a commentary on race, gender, and the ... More


Biographies Onstage On the Town’s Black Conductor,Dancers, and Singers

Carol J. Oja

in Bernstein Meets Broadway: Collaborative Art in a Time of War

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2014
ISBN:
9780199862092
eISBN:
9780199379989
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199862092.003.0007
Subject:
Music, History, American, Dance

Through collective biography, the careers of the African-American performers in On the Town are explored to gain a sense of educational, artistic, and employment opportunities under Jim Crow ... More


On the Town After Dark The Nightclub Scene

Carol J. Oja

in Bernstein Meets Broadway: Collaborative Art in a Time of War

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2014
ISBN:
9780199862092
eISBN:
9780199379989
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199862092.003.0009
Subject:
Music, History, American, Dance

The final chapter circles back to nightclubs, with a focus on the club-hopping scene that opens Act II of On the Town. Compositional style is discussed once again, and race moves to the fore. Not ... More


Broadway to Hollywood and Back Again

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/9780190630935.003.0006
Subject:
Music, Popular

In 1949 Betty Comden and Adolph Green discovered that MGM finally wanted to move forward with a screen version of On the Town. Before it could go in front of cameras, though, there were obstacles to ... More


A Japanese American Star During World War II: Sono Osato and “Exotic Ivy Smith”

Carol J. Oja

in Bernstein Meets Broadway: Collaborative Art in a Time of War

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2014
ISBN:
9780199862092
eISBN:
9780199379989
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199862092.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, American, Dance

Sono Osato starred in the original production of On the Town as the character Ivy Smith, also known as “Miss Turnstiles,” beauty queen of the subway. As a teenager in Chicago, Osato was hired by the ... More


Taking the Town

Andy Propst

in They Made Us Happy: Betty Comden and Adolph Green’s Musicals and Movies

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
March 2019
ISBN:
9780190630935
eISBN:
9780190630966
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190630935.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Popular

Betty Comden and Adolph Green returned to New York from Hollywood in 1944 unsure of what they would do next for work. They found some performing in nightclubs, but it wasn’t until they were ... More


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

Andy Propst

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
March 2019
ISBN:
9780190630935
eISBN:
9780190630966
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190630935.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Popular

A comprehensive and first-ever examination of the careers, lives and work of Betty Comden and Adolph Green, They Made Us Happy turns the clock back to the glamorous world of Broadway and Hollywood of ... More


The Home Front

Robert L. McLaughlin and Sally E. Parry

in Broadway Goes to War: American Theater during World War II

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9780813180946
eISBN:
9780813181028
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813180946.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Wartime America underwent rapid transformation; men, women, and children saw their social roles redefined; and economic and racial divisions grew deeper and sharper edged. Theater was the perfect ... More


Jerome Robbins on Broadway: 1944–1951

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/9780190631093.003.0005
Subject:
Music, Dance, Popular

Jerome Robbins’ surpassing of de Mille as the primary and most influential choreographer of his period is acknowledged. His training with Gluck Sandor and actors from the Group Theatre exposed him to ... More


Broadway Goes to War: American Theater during World War II

Robert L. McLaughlin and Sally E. Parry

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9780813180946
eISBN:
9780813181028
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813180946.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The American theater was not ignorant of the developments brought on by World War II, and actively addressed and debated timely, controversial topics for the duration of the war, including neutrality ... More


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