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Legitimate Vaudeville: The Dillingham Shows, 1914–15

Jeffrey Magee

in Irving Berlin's American Musical Theater

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780195398267
eISBN:
9780199933358
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195398267.003.0002
Subject:
Music, History, American, Popular

Berlin’s first two Broadway shows reflected his belief in musical comedy as a show of shows that could include a wide variety of styles while serving as a comic mirror of theater and the city that ... More


“An Ideal Combination”: Berlin, Kaufman and Co., 1920s–30s

Jeffrey Magee

in Irving Berlin's American Musical Theater

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780195398267
eISBN:
9780199933358
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195398267.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, American, Popular

In the 1920s and 1930s, Berlin worked with gifted comedy writers associated with George S. Kaufman. The Cocoanuts (1925), a madcap spoof about the fad for land speculation in Florida, set the tone. ... More


Finding a Voice: Operetta, Revue, and Musical Comedy

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/9780300111835.003.0003
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter examines various influences on the works of Sigmund Romberg. It suggests that the roots of Romberg's distinctive operetta voice can be traced to his European heritage and musical ... More


Irving Berlin’s Theater

Jeffrey Magee

in Irving Berlin's American Musical Theater

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780195398267
eISBN:
9780199933358
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195398267.003.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American, Popular

Berlin’s conception of musical theater grew from his experiences performing in the saloons of New York’s Lower East Side in the early twentieth century. The term Lower East Side Aesthetic encompasses ... More


State of the Union: Berlin, Lindsay and Crouse, 1950–62

Jeffrey Magee

in Irving Berlin's American Musical Theater

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780195398267
eISBN:
9780199933358
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195398267.003.0008
Subject:
Music, History, American, Popular

Berlin’s final stage shows, Call Me Madam (1950) and Mr. President (1962), take their character from his work with playwrights Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, who, by the early 1960s had enjoyed ... More


Early Danish Musical Comedies, 1931–9

Niels Hartvigson

in Film's Musical Moments

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748623440
eISBN:
9780748651115
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623440.003.0013
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Denmark produced seventy-seven sound films between 1931 and 1939, including more than fifty musical comedies deploying a content that is both romantic and populist. This chapter explores how the ... More


Arthur Ruhl: “Of Thee I Sing; Kaufman-Ryskind Musical Comedy Satire at the Music Box” (1931)

Robert Wyatt and John Andrew Johnson

in The George Gershwin Reader

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195327113
eISBN:
9780199851249
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327113.003.0041
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter presents the text of Arthur Ruhl's review of George Gershwin's Broadway musical comedy satire Of Thee I Sing, which was published in the December 28, 1931 issue of New York Herald ... More


Irving Berlin's American Musical Theater

Jeffrey Magee

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780195398267
eISBN:
9780199933358
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195398267.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American, Popular

“The mob is always right” was the idea that charged Irving Berlin’s career in American popular music. Taking off from that claim, this book represents a wide-ranging exploration of America’s greatest ... More


Sigmund Romberg

William A. Everett

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300111835
eISBN:
9780300138351
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300111835.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American

Hungarian-born composer Sigmund Romberg (1887–1951) arrived in America in 1909 and within eight years had achieved his first hit musical on Broadway. This early success was soon followed by others, ... More


Strike Up the Band and Funny Face (1927)

Howard Pollack

in George Gershwin: His Life and Work

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520248649
eISBN:
9780520933149
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520248649.003.0021
Subject:
Music, History, American

In 1927, George and Ira collaborated with producer Edgar Selwyn and playwright George S. Kaufman—two of Broadway's most eminent figures—on the musical comedy Strike Up the Band. It is surprising that ... More


That Is the State of the Art

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/9780199892839.003.0017
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

This chapter reviews the state of the art of Broadway musicals. The discussion includes musicals such as City of Angels (1989), The Producers (2001), The Book of Mormon (2011), Grey Gardens (2006), ... More


The Witch of the Wood and the Bamboo Tree

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/9780199892839.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

This chapter focuses on the musicals of the first two decades of the twentieth century, when musical forms were both consolidating and evolving. Musicals were either romantic or satiric, but the two ... More


The Scandals of 1924, Primrose, and Lady, Be Good! (1924)

Howard Pollack

in George Gershwin: His Life and Work

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520248649
eISBN:
9780520933149
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520248649.003.0017
Subject:
Music, History, American

The Scandals of 1924 was Gershwin's last Broadway revue. The score displayed, essentially for the final time, Gershwin's skillful handling of revue demands, from the various Arabian, Chinese, ... More


Fanny & New Girl in Town

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/9780195140583.003.0007
Subject:
Music, Popular

In the 1950s, the musical had two different choices of structure: the musical play and musical comedy. The two forms had much in common, but one element especially: interesting stories, untried ... More


Jack Buchanan and British Musical Comedy of the 1930s

Andrew Spicer

in Film's Musical Moments

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748623440
eISBN:
9780748651115
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623440.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter considers the relationship between performance and star persona in the films of Jack Buchanan, one of Britain's most successful male stars of the period. Buchanan dominated the interwar ... More


A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

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/9780195140583.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Popular

George Abbott, former actor and playwright, virtually steered musical comedy through the 1940s and 1950s, when he was the director of everyone's first choice. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn was based on ... More


Toward a Career in the Theater

Howard Pollack

in George Gershwin: His Life and Work

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520248649
eISBN:
9780520933149
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520248649.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, American

On March 17, 1917, Gershwin quit Jerome Remick and turned his attention more decidedly toward operetta and musical comedy. His affinity for operetta—perhaps nurtured by his teacher Charles Hambitzer, ... More


Tacking to the Wind

Thomas Bauman

in The Pekin: The Rise and Fall of Chicago's First Black-Owned Theater

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038365
eISBN:
9780252096242
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038365.003.0004
Subject:
History, African History

This chapter discusses the philosophy that Robert T. Motts had imprinted on the Pekin Theater and how it resonated with George Walker's belief in the possibilities for the growth and maturation of ... More


The New Pekin

Thomas Bauman

in The Pekin: The Rise and Fall of Chicago's First Black-Owned Theater

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038365
eISBN:
9780252096242
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038365.003.0003
Subject:
History, African History

This chapter focuses on Robert T. Motts's conversion of the Pekin Theater to New Pekin after it was damaged by fire in January 1910. At the time of the fire the Pekin Temple of Music had already ... More


English-Language Opera at the End of the Century

Katherine K. Preston

in Opera for the People: English-Language Opera and Women Managers in Late 19th-Century America

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
November 2017
ISBN:
9780199371655
eISBN:
9780199371679
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199371655.003.0008
Subject:
Music, History, Western, Opera

This chapter addresses operatic activity in the 1890s—in particular, an insatiable public appetite for comic opera and operetta that eventually eclipsed interest in the translated continental ... More


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