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We'll have Manhattan : the early work of Rodgers and Hart, 1919-1931 / Dominic Symonds.

Author/creator Symonds, Dominic author.
Format Book and Print
Publication Info New York : Oxford University Press, 2015.
Descriptionxx, 332 pages : illustrations, music ; 25 cm.
Subject(s)
Variant title We will have Manhattan
Series The Broadway legacies series
Broadway legacies. ^A1121262
Contents Foreword by Geoffrey Block -- Introduction: "We'll have Manhattan" -- The summer camps and varsity shows -- The breakthrough in revue : the Garrick gaieties (1925, 1926) and Fifth Avenue follies (1926) -- The Rodgers and Hart revolution : Dearest enemy (1925) -- Pleasing the producers : Herbert Fields, Lew Fields and The girl friend (1926) -- A London odyssey : Lido lady (1926), One dam thing after another (1927), Ever green (1930) -- Big fish : Peggy-Ann (1926), Ziegfeld and a flop called Betsy (1926) -- A commercial success : A Connecticut Yankee (1927) -- Castration and integration : Chee-Chee (1928) -- Coping with the crash -- Epilogue: The end of an era.
Abstract Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart are one of the defining duos of musical theater, contributing dozens of classic songs to the Great American Songbook and working together on over 40 shows before Hart's death. With hit after hit on both Broadway and the West End, they produced many of the celebrated songs of the '20s and '30s--such as "Manhattan," "The Lady is a Tramp," and "Bewitched"--That remain popular favorites with great cultural resonance today. Yet the early years of these iconic collaborators have remained largely unexamined. We'll Have Manhattan: The Early Work of Rodgers & Hart provides unprecedented insight into the first, formative period of Rodgers and Hart's collaboration. Author Dominic Symonds examines the pair and their work from their first meeting in 1919 to their brief flirtation with Hollywood in the early 1930s as they left the theater to explore sound film. During this time, their output was prodigious, progressive, and experimental. They developed their characteristic style and a new approach to musical theater writing that provided the groundwork for the development of the Broadway musical. Symonds also analyzes the theme of identity that runs throughout Rodgers and Hart's work, how the business side of the theater affected their artistic output, and their continued experimentation with a song's dramatic role within a narrative. We'll Have Manhattan goes beyond a biographical or historical look at Rodgers and Hart's early years - it's also an accessible but authoritative study of their material. Symonds documents their early shows and provides deft critical and analytical commentary on their evolving practice and its influence on the subsequent development of the American musical. Fans of musical theater and devotees of Rodgers and Hart will find this definitive exploration of their early works to be an essential addition to their Broadway library [Publisher description].
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references (pages 307-314) and index.
Genre/formCriticism, interpretation, etc.
LCCN 2014016376
ISBN9780199929481 (hardback)
ISBN0199929483 (hardback)

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