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Who Can Explain It?

Jim Lovensheimer

in South Pacific: Paradise Rewritten

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780195377026
eISBN:
9780199864560
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377026.003.0001
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

This introductory chapter considers the 2008 Broadway revival of South Pacific (created by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II). The enthusiastic reception of this production suggests the show’s ... More


South Pacific: Paradise Rewritten

Jim Lovensheimer

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780195377026
eISBN:
9780199864560
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377026.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

This book explores the development of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein’s classic Broadway musical South Pacific. In particular, it notes how the team balanced the creation of a commercially ... More


Contracts and Commitments

Tim Carter

in Oklahoma!: The Making of an American Musical

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300106190
eISBN:
9780300134872
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300106190.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter examines the contracts and commitments related to the production of the musical Oklahoma!. It explains that the various artistic and financial problems facing the Theatre Guild in the ... More


Creative Processes

Tim Carter

in Oklahoma!: The Making of an American Musical

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300106190
eISBN:
9780300134872
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300106190.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter examines the creative process behind the musical Oklahoma!. It discusses Richard and Oscar Hammerstein's account of the creation of the show and their fidelity to Lynn Riggs's play Green ... More


The Brief Career of Herbert Richard Lorenz

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/9780195102895.003.0008
Subject:
Music, Popular

Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers, and Herbert Fields had been working intermittently on a show called Winkle Town, in which a fellow invents an electronic system that renders electric wires obsolete and ... More


Setting the Stage

Tim Carter

in Oklahoma!: The Making of an American Musical

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300106190
eISBN:
9780300134872
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300106190.003.0001
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter explores the early history of the musical Oklahoma!, discussing Lawrence Langner and Theresa Helburn of the Theatre Guild, and the background of Lynn Riggs's play Green Grow the Lilacs. ... More


Reading Oklahoma!

Tim Carter

in Oklahoma!: The Making of an American Musical

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300106190
eISBN:
9780300134872
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300106190.003.0005
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter examines the reviews and evaluation of the musical Oklahoma!. It explains that later accounts of the musical have tended to focus on its design and also on Richard and Oscar Hammerstein ... More


Heading for Broadway

Tim Carter

in Oklahoma!: The Making of an American Musical

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300106190
eISBN:
9780300134872
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300106190.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter examines the preparation for the Broadway production of Oklahoma!. It explains that the Theatre Guild already had copies of Oscar Hammerstein II's libretto and voice-piano scores of the ... More


Show Boat: Performing Race in an American Musical

Todd Decker

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199759378
eISBN:
9780199979554
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199759378.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American, Popular

Drawing on archival research and including much new information, this book reveals how Oscar Hammerstein II and Jerome Kern created the Broadway musical Show Boat in the crucible of the Jazz Age to ... More


Lost in the Stars

David Luhrssen

in Mamoulian: Life on Stage and Screen

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780813136769
eISBN:
9780813141336
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813136769.003.0009
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Mamoulian returned to Broadway to direct the premiere of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! (1943), which he reshaped according to his theories of drama, and continued to direct a string of ... More


Some Questions for “Ol’ Man River”

Todd Decker

in Who Should Sing Ol' Man River?: The Lives of an American Song

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199389186
eISBN:
9780199389223
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199389186.003.0001
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

This chapter begins by comparing the lyrics of “Ol’ Man River” with African American poet Langston Hughes’s poem “The Negro Speaks of Rivers.” After citing the origins of “Ol’ Man River” in the ... More


Romance and Exoticism in North Africa: The Desert Song

William A. Everett

in Sigmund Romberg

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300111835
eISBN:
9780300138351
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300111835.003.0007
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter examines Sigmund Romberg's operetta The Desert Song. It explains that this work represents a radical departure with Romberg's operetta because it incorporated orientalism, North African ... More


Splendor and Intelligence

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/9780813160887.003.0018
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter explores the groundbreaking production of Show Boat and the golden age it ushered in for Ziegfeld. Included are detailed stories about the backstage drama, the composers’ efforts to ... More


Epilogue: Romberg's Influence on the American Musical Theater

William A. Everett

in Sigmund Romberg

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300111835
eISBN:
9780300138351
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300111835.003.0012
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter evaluates the influence of Sigmund Romberg on the music theater in the U.S. It highlights the role of Romberg in the transition of operettas from a based genre to its American ... More


Golden Boy

David Luhrssen

in Mamoulian: Life on Stage and Screen

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780813136769
eISBN:
9780813141336
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813136769.003.0008
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Returning to Hollywood after a successful run of Porgy and Bess, Mamoulian directed Ida Lupino in The Gay Desperado (1936), which won the New York Film Critics Award for Best Film. He directed the ... More


Who Should Sing Ol' Man River?: The Lives of an American Song

Todd Decker

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199389186
eISBN:
9780199389223
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199389186.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

This book tells the almost eighty-year performance history of a great popular song. Examining more than two hundred recorded and filmed versions of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II’s classic ... More


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