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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


False Starts and Artistic Promise

Dominic McHugh

in Loverly: The Life and Times of My Fair Lady

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199827305
eISBN:
9780199950225
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827305.003.0001
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

This chapter charts the early genesis of My Fair Lady, starting with the Greek legend of Pygmalion and Galatea. It briefly examines the development of this legend, culminating in George Bernard ... 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


Oklahoma!: The Making of an American Musical

Tim Carter

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300106190
eISBN:
9780300134872
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300106190.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Popular

Oklahoma! premiered on Broadway in 1943 under the auspices of the Theatre Guild, and is today performed more frequently than any other Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. This book offers a fully ... More


Young Lion of Broadway

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/9780813136769.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

In 1926 Mamoulian moved to New York to join the Theatre Guild, a prestigious company dedicated to staging innovative, artistic work. Mamoulian demonstrated his ability to handle American subjects, ... 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


Gilding the Guild

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/9780195102895.003.0009
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter introduces Benjamin Kaye, a lawyer and Akron Club member who dabbled in show business; in fact, he had written a song called “Prisms, Plums And Prunes” for Up Stage and Down, six years ... More


The Breakthrough in Revue: The Garrick Gaieties (1925, 1926) and Fifth Avenue Follies (1926)

Dominic Symonds

in We’ll Have Manhattan: The Early Work of Rodgers & Hart

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199929481
eISBN:
9780190216870
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199929481.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

Rodgers and Hart’s first big break came from a junior wing of the Theatre Guild producing the Garrick Gaieties (1925). This offered the boys a chance to try writing for revue. This chapter considers ... More


I Loves You, Porgy

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/9780813136769.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The Theatre Guild approached Mamoulian to direct the 1935 premiere of Gershwin's “folk opera” Porgy and Bess. Insisting on artistic control, Mamoulian helped shape the musical with an all-black cast ... More


More Gaieties

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/9780195102895.003.0011
Subject:
Music, Popular

Although it meant working for the first time away from Herbert Fields, Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart accepted a new commission and made arrangements to go to London as soon as they were finished ... More


Playwriting through Movement: De Mille’s Dances for Carousel

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/9780199733682.003.0005
Subject:
Music, Dance, History, American

Carousel was de Mille’s second collaboration with Rodgers, Hammerstein, and the producers of the Theatre Guild. The show moved into the realm of fantasy. An adaptation of Franz Molnár’s play Liliom, ... 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


Performers in Catfish Row: as Collaboration

Gwynne Kuhner Brown

in Blackness in Opera

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252036781
eISBN:
9780252093890
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252036781.003.0009
Subject:
Music, Opera

This chapter challenges the assumption that George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess is something done by whites to blacks by highlighting the indispensable, active role played by African American performers ... More


Staging Allegro

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/9780199733682.003.0007
Subject:
Music, Dance, History, American

Allegro represented de Mille’s final collaboration with Rodgers and Hammerstein. She served as both director and choreographer for the musical. The show did not find the same level of success as ... More


Tola

Allan R. Ellenberger

in Miriam Hopkins: Life and Films of a Hollywood Rebel

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780813174310
eISBN:
9780813174822
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813174310.003.0011
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

On her return to the United States, Hopkins meets Russian-born director Anatole Litvak. They become close, and she stars in his first American film, The Woman I Love. Her costar Paul Muni is bothered ... More


Beginning the Beguine

Brent Phillips

in Charles Walters: The Director Who Made Hollywood Dance

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780813147215
eISBN:
9780813151502
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813147215.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter begins with the successful appearances of dance team “Fox and Walters” at the Versailles nightclub. Walters meets rising choreographer Robert Alton and performs in the Theatre Guild’s ... More


More Fables

Howard Pollack

in The Ballad of John Latouche: An American Lyricist's Life and Work

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
November 2017
ISBN:
9780190458294
eISBN:
9780190458324
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190458294.003.0017
Subject:
Music, History, American

The late 1940s saw Latouche moving about from place to place, and lover to lover. He maintained some connection with the political left in terms of his involvement with both the Henry Wallace ... More


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