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The 1950s: “Marry the Man Today”

Stacy Wolf

in Changed for Good: A Feminist History of the Broadway Musical

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780195378238
eISBN:
9780199897018
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195378238.003.0001
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

This chapter examines the female duet in the formally integrated musical that was typical in the 1950s: West Side Story, Guys and Dolls, and Wonderful Town. In the 1950s, most musicals used the ... More


West Side Story & Gypsy

Ethan Mordden

in Coming up Roses: The Broadway Musical in the 1950s

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195140583
eISBN:
9780199848867
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195140583.003.0016
Subject:
Music, Popular

Some call these vastly different shows the culmination of an era in that their vitally story-oriented artistry tops off the epoch of Rodgers and Hammerstein. Others see the pair as the start of the ... More


West Side Story, Modern Jazz, and Musical Commitment

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/9780252042379.003.0006
Subject:
Music, History, American

Chapter 5 shows that the use of jazz to articulate conflict is crucial to the structure and message(s) of West Side Story. Jazz proves to be a flexible conceptualization as Bernstein incorporates the ... More


Opening Doors

Robert L. McLaughlin

in Stephen Sondheim and the Reinvention of the American Musical

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781496808554
eISBN:
9781496808592
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496808554.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter examines Sondheim’s musicals from West Side Story to Company. West Side Story and Gypsy mark both an apotheosis of the Rodgers and Hammerstein aesthetic and an introduction of postmodern ... More


West Side Story

Ethan Mordden

in On Sondheim: An Opinionated Guide

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780199394814
eISBN:
9780199394999
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199394814.003.0004
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter looks at West Side Story which is now one of the most popular American musicals of all time. It is inspired by Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. Initially, Sodheim did not want to ... More


Theatrical Liberalism under Attack

Andrea Most

in Theatrical Liberalism: Jews and Popular Entertainment in America

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814708194
eISBN:
9780814707982
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814708194.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

In the wake of the Great Depression, World War II, the Holocaust, and the post-war Red Scare, many artists began to raise questions about the morality and efficacy of theatrical liberalism. This ... More


The Urban Landscape

Jan-Christopher Horak

in Saul Bass: Anatomy of Film Design

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780813147185
eISBN:
9780813154787
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813147185.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Cityscapes were a major inspiration for the work of Saul Bass, yet his depictions of urbanity sometimes appeared reductionist. On the one hand, the grid structure in his design work mirrored the ... More


Something to Dance About

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/9780199892839.003.0013
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

This chapter focuses on the musicals of the 1950s. The era was marked by the death of the revue with the advent of television; the collaborations between Jule Styne, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green; ... More


Shakespeare and Musical Theatre

Fran Teague

in The Edinburgh Companion to Shakespeare and the Arts

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748635238
eISBN:
9780748652297
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635238.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This chapter concentrates on one narrow branch of musical theatre — the Broadway musical. It addresses what a musical is and why musicals have an especial affinity for Shakespeare. It describes The ... More


The Maestro Pivots

Mari Yoshihara

in Dearest Lenny: Letters from Japan and the Making of the World Maestro

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780190465780
eISBN:
9780190943790
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190465780.003.0006
Subject:
Music, History, American, History, Western

With the arrival of Harry Kraut, Leonard Bernstein’s company Amberson entered a new phase of corporate enterprises that extended the maestro’s reach even further across the globe. Ironically, the ... More


The World According to the Maestro

Mari Yoshihara

in Dearest Lenny: Letters from Japan and the Making of the World Maestro

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780190465780
eISBN:
9780190943790
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190465780.003.0018
Subject:
Music, History, American, History, Western

In the mid-1980s, as Leonard Bernstein looked ahead at what he wanted to accomplish in his remaining years, his artistic and professional priorities became clear. Along with his continued commitments ... More


A Few of My Favorite Things: Movie Stars and the Soundtrack 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/9780199832538.003.0010
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

The technology to reproduce a film’s soundtrack for home consumption didn’t arrive fully until the early 1950s; it was no surprise that the Capitol soundtrack recording to the 1955 film of Oklahoma! ... More


John Kander: Born: March 18, 1927, Kansas City, Missouri

Steven Suskin

in Show Tunes: The Songs, Shows, and Careers of Broadway’s Major Composers

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195314076
eISBN:
9780199852734
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314076.003.0028
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter examines the work of John Kander. It starts with an extended commentary of his career, and also gives details on productions, with data and song information. Kander attended Oberlin ... More


An American Icon Crosses the Pacific

Mari Yoshihara

in Dearest Lenny: Letters from Japan and the Making of the World Maestro

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780190465780
eISBN:
9780190943790
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190465780.003.0002
Subject:
Music, History, American, History, Western

Leonard Bernstein’s early career was shaped by the global politics of World War II and its aftermath as well as his interest in the world beyond the United States, his understanding of war, and his ... More


Buddy Rich (1917–1987)

Buddy Rich

in Drumminʼ Men: The Heartbeat of Jazz The Swing Years

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195157628
eISBN:
9780199849468
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195157628.003.0008
Subject:
Music, History, American

During his career in jazz, Buddy Rich was a much-admired yet controversial figure. Because of a unique relationship between his hands and feet, and a natural connection to the music, Rich continually ... More


Throwing a Stage Party and a Cinematic Revel

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/9780190630935.003.0011
Subject:
Music, Popular

As Bells Are Ringing became a bona fide Broadway success, Betty Comden and Adolph Green fielded a wide array of projects. Notably, they started work on the book for the musical that would eventually ... More


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