The complete book of 1920s Broadway musicals

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Dietz, Dan,


Lanham :, United States, p.xvii, 651 pages ; (2019)



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20th century, History and criticism., Musicals, New York (State)


Includes bibliographical references (pages 609-610) and index.During the twenties, the Great White Way roared with nearly three hundred book musicals. Luminaries who wrote for Broadway during this decade included Irving Berlin, George M. Cohan, Rudolf Friml, George Gershwin, Oscar Hammerstein II, Lorenz Hart, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers, Sigmund Romberg, and Vincent Youmans, and the era's stars include Eddie Cantor, Al Jolson, Ruby Keeler, and Marilyn Miller. Lighthearted Cinderella musicals dominated these years with such hits as Kern's long-running Sally, along with romantic operettas that dealt with princes and princesses in disguise. Plots about bootleggers and Prohibition abounded, but there were also serious musicals, including Kern and Hammerstein's masterpiece Show Boat. In addition to separate entries for each production, the book offers numerous appendixes, such as revues. plays with music, miscellaneous musical presentations, and a select list of pre-Broadway closings. Other appendixes include a discography, filmography, a list of published scripts, and a list of black-themed shows. -- Provided by publisher.