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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


On with the Show!

Richard Barrios

in A Song in the Dark: The Birth of the Musical Film

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195377347
eISBN:
9780199864577
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377347.003.0005
Subject:
Music, Popular

The earliest rivals of The Broadway Melody were compelled to grapple with a distinctive group of artistic and technical challenges. Warners' The Desert Song, the screen's first operetta, and Fox's ... More


A Ferber Plot

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/9780199759378.003.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American, Popular

Author Edna Ferber's inspiration and research methods while writing Show Boat are put in context with the vogue for Negro spirituals in 1920s Manhattan. The plot of the novel is situated within ... 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


The Structure of Twenties Operetta

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/9780199892839.003.0009
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

This chapter focuses on the operettas of the 1920s. Twenties operettas were not musical comedies with grander music but were musical plays, with all the comedy limited to a subsidiary character or ... More


Two Agencies: Batten Barton Durstine & Osborn, Crafters of the Corporate Image, and Benton & Bowles, Radio Renegades

Cynthia B. Meyers

in A Word from Our Sponsor: Admen, Advertising, and the Golden Age of Radio

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780823253708
eISBN:
9780823268931
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823253708.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

This chapter focuses on two important advertising agencies—Batten Barton Durstine & Osborn (BBDO) and Benton & Bowles (B&B). BBDO approached radio as an ideal medium for building a corporate image, ... More


Anything Goes: Songs Ten, Book Three

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/9780195167306.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Popular

Anything Goes was Cole Porter's first major hit. Anything Goes does not conform to the organic “Wagnerian” model of some pre- and post-Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals beginning ... More


'S Wonderful: 1927–1930

Philip Fuma

in Ira Gershwin: The Art of the Lyricist

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780195115703
eISBN:
9780199853144
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195115703.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Popular

One indication that the American musical was moving toward integration of songs and story came with the Gershwins' 1927 production. Strike Up the Band integrated songs into the story and even used ... 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


Going Home

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/9780813160887.003.0021
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter covers Ziegfeld’s disintegrating physical and mental states and his desperate attempts to revive his career. Ziegfeld’s next endeavor is a zany Bert Lahr musical comedy called Hot-Cha! ... 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


The Lady-Dame: Irene Dunne and the Awful Truth

Maria DiBattista

in Fast-Talking Dames

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300088151
eISBN:
9780300133882
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300088151.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter takes a closer look at Irene Dunne, the fast-talking dame most in peril of lapsing into a soft-spoken lady. It studies her characters in movies such as My Favorite Wife, Back Street, Ann ... More


The Jewish Population of Tennessee: Sheet Music and the Imprimatur of Broadway

Laurence Maslon

in Broadway to Main Street: How Show Tunes Enchanted America

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780199832538
eISBN:
9780190620424
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199832538.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

At the beginning of the twentieth century, the first way that the imprimatur of Broadway reached consumers was through the immense distribution of colorful and tuneful sheet music. Early music ... More


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