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Sing for Your Supper: The Broadway Musical in the 1930s (Golden Age of the Broadway Musical)by Ethan Mordden
Synopses & Reviews
In the 1930s, Broadway's lights still burned brightly. Ethan Mordden completes his history of the Broadway musical by taking a look at this forgotten era. Shows like Anything Goes brought the glitter of Cole Porter and Merman's brass to the public. Innovations in dance were pioneered by Balanchine and others. Scenic advancements made Astaire's The Band Wagon move across the stage in novel ways. Gershwin's revolutionary Porgy and Bess entered the canon of American Classics. And The Cradle Will Rock and Johnny Johnson took the American political temperature. With his trademark wit and style, Ethan Mordden shines the spotlight on Broadway's forgotten decade.
Book News Annotation:
Political dramas were not the only fare drawing Depression-era audiences, according to the author of decade-by-decade chronicles of the Broadway musical from the 1920s to today. Mordden puts the spotlight primarily on such frothy fare as Cole Porter's Anything Goes, and secondarily on politically-themed shows. He includes snippets of dialog, a photo essay of 1930s hits including Porgy and Bess and Jubilee, explanatory footnotes, but no references.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Ethan Mordden completes his history of the Broadway musical by looking at how The Great White Way kept the lights burning in the depths of the Depression
About the Author
Ethan Mordden is the author of many books, including The Happiest Corpse I've Ever Seen: The Last Twenty-Five Years of the Broadway Musical (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004).
Table of Contents
A Lady Needs a Change: The State of the Art * Carry On, Keep Smiling: Musical Comedy I * We're Off to Feathermore: Nymph Errant, Anything Goes, and Jubilee * Harlem on My Mind: The Black Shows and Porgy and Bess * Leave it to Katarina: Operetta Begins its Forty-Year Death Scene * Fun To Be Fooled: Revue * A Song with Social Significance: Politics * It's Better with a Union Man: The Leftist Revue * Life's a Dance: The Choreography of the 1930s * I Got Rhythm: The Music of the 1930s * All in Fun: Musical Comedy II
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