Synopses & Reviews
Lavishly illustrated, Red, Hot & Blue showcases Hollywood and Broadway musical from its immigrant roots in nineteenth-century vaudeville, through its heyday on both the "Great White Way" and the silver screen, to its retrospective role today in such revivals as Show Boat. Its title taken from Cole Porter's 1936 musical, the book spotlights the performers, composers, lyricists, impresarios, choreographers, designers, and directors who collectively reinvented American culture though this most extravagant of twentieth-century art forms. Chronicling the "fine romance" between the audience and its musical icons, the authors portray the personalities who pushed boundaries of style and content to create an increasingly sophisticated melange of story, song, and dance. They show, too, how musicals have evoked two deeply ingrained national impulses: one, a nostalgia for a gentler, rural past, as seen in Oklahoma!, Meet Me in St. Louis, and The Music Man; the other an energetic embrace of the urban landscape, as expressed in On the Town, Guys and Dolls, and West Side Story.
Includes bibliography (p. 252-253), discography (p. 254-261), and index.