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

Steven Suskin

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195314076
eISBN:
9780199852734
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314076.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Popular

This book fully chronicles the shows, songs, and careers of the major composers of the American musical theater, from Jerome Kern’s earliest interpolations to the latest hits on Broadway. Legendary ... More


The Shows

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/9780195314076.003.0041
Subject:
Music, Popular

Since the 1920s, a core group of composers—from Kern and Berlin, to Gershwin, Porter and Rodgers; from Styne and Sondheim, to Kander, Flaherty, and Guettel—has been responsible for the vast majority ... More


Things Change: The Music

in “Do You Know …?”: The Jazz Repertoire in Action

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226239217
eISBN:
9780226239224
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226239224.003.0006
Subject:
Music, History, American

The places players play in shape the content of what is played, but they do not determine the contents of anyone's individual repertoire. Two bodies of material make up the major components of what ... More


George Gershwin: Born: September 26, 1898, Brooklyn, New York Born: September 26, 1898, Brooklyn, New York Died: July 11, 1937, Beverly Hills, California

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/9780195314076.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter examines the work of George Gershwin. Gershwin grew up in Manhattan, where his Russian immigrant father ran through a succession of unsuccessful businesses. Gershwin displayed a sudden ... More


Richard Rodgers: Born: June 28, 1902, New York, New York Born: June 28, 1902, New York, New York Died: December 30, 1979, New York, New York

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/9780195314076.003.0005
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter examines the work of Richard Rodgers. It starts with an interesting commentary of his career. The chapter gives details on productions, with data and song information. Rodgers grew up ... More


Jerome Kern: Born: January 27, 1885, New York, New York Born: January 27, 1885, New York, New York Died: November 11, 1945, New York, New York

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/9780195314076.003.0001
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter examines the work of Jerome Kearn. It begins with an extended commentary of his career, followed by details on productions, with data and song information. Kern was raised in Newark, New ... More


Cy Coleman: Born: June 14, 1929, Bronx, New York Born: June 14, 1929, Bronx, New York Died: November 4, 2004, New York, New York

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/9780195314076.003.0026
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter examines the work of Cy Coleman. It gives an extended commentary of his career, and provides details on productions, giving data and song information. Coleman, a child prodigy at the ... More


Irving Berlin: Born: May 11, 1888, Mohilev, Russia Born: May 11, 1888, Mohilev, Russia Died: September 22, 1989, New York, New York

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/9780195314076.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter examines the work of Irving Berlin. It begins with a commentary of his career, followed by details on productions, with data and song information. Berlin’s family came to America from ... More


Maury Yeston: Born: October 23, 1945, Jersey City, New Jersey

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/9780195314076.003.0035
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter examines the work of Maury Yeston. It begins with an extended commentary of his career, followed by details on productions, with data and song information. Yeston developed an early ... More


Cole Porter: Born: June 9, 1891 Peru, Indiana Born: June 9, 1891 Peru, Indiana Died: October 15, 1964 Santa Monica, California

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/9780195314076.003.0006
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter looks at the work of Cole Porter. It begins with an extended commentary of his career, followed by details on productions, with data and song information. Porter was born on the banks of ... More


Stephen Sondheim: Born: March 22, 1930, New York, New York

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/9780195314076.003.0023
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter examines the work of Stephen Sondheim. It begins with an extended commentary of his career, followed by details on productions, with data and song information. Sondheim moved at the age ... More


Arthur Schwartz: Born: November 25, 1900, Brooklyn, New York Born: November 25, 1900, Brooklyn, New York Died: September 3, 1984, Kintnersville, Pennsylvania

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/9780195314076.003.0007
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter discusses the work of Arthur Schwartz. Schwartz displayed an early interest in music—despite objections from his father, a lawyer—and by the age of fourteen was playing piano ... More


Vernon Duke: Born: October 10, 1903, Parafianovo (Minsk), Russia Born: October 10, 1903, Parafianovo (Minsk), Russia Died: January 17, 1969, Santa Monica, California

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/9780195314076.003.0009
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter examines the work of Vernon Duke. It begins with an extended commentary of his career, followed by details on productions, with data and song information. Vladimir Alexandrovitch ... More


Frank Loesser: Born: June 29, 1910, New York, New York Born: June 29, 1910, New York, New York Died: July 28, 1969, New York, New York

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/9780195314076.003.0018
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter examines the work of Frank Loesser. It begins with an extended commentary of his career, followed by details on productions, with data and song information. Loesser came from a musical ... More


Harvey Schmidt: Born: September 12, 1929, Dallas, Texas

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/9780195314076.003.0025
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter examines the work of Harvey Schmidt. It begins with an extended commentary of his career, followed by details on productions, with data and song information. Schmidt, the son of a ... More


Stephen Schwartz: Born: March 6, 1948, New York, New York

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/9780195314076.003.0031
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter examines the work of Stephen Schwartz. It starts with an extended commentary of his career, and this is followed by details on productions, with data and song information. Schwartz ... More


Kurt Weill: Born: March 2, 1900, Dessau, Germany Born: March 2, 1900, Dessau, Germany Died: April 3, 1950, New York, New York

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/9780195314076.003.0011
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter examines the work of Kurt Weill. It begins with an extended commentary of his career, followed by details on productions, with data and song information. Weill, the son of a cantor, ... More


Harold Rome: Born: May 27, 1908, Hartford, Connecticut Born: May 27, 1908, Hartford, Connecticut Died: October 26, 1993, New York, New York

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/9780195314076.003.0013
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter examines the work of Harold Rome. It begins with an extended commentary of his career, followed by details on productions, with data and song information. Rome began his musical career ... More


William Finn: Born: February 28, 1952, Boston, Massachusetts

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/9780195314076.003.0034
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter examines the work of William Finn. Finn grew up in Natick, Massachusetts. He attended Williams College, Stephen Sondheim’s alma mater. While there, he wrote three musicals, Rape, ... More


Burton Lane: Born: February 2, 1912, New York, New York Born: February 2, 1912, New York, New York Died: January 5, 1997, New York, New York

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/9780195314076.003.0010
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter looks at the work of Burton Lane. It starts with a long commentary of his career, and this is followed by information on productions, with data and song details. Lane began his musical ... More


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