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Bernstein meets Broadway : collaborative art in a time of war

Author: Carol J Oja
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2014.
Series: Broadway legacies.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"When Leonard Bernstein first arrived in New York City, he was an unknown artist working with other brilliant twentysomethings, notably Jerome Robbins, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green. By the end of the 1940s, these artists were world famous. Their collaborations defied artistic boundaries and subtly pushed a progressive political agenda, altering the landscape of musical theater, ballet, and nightclub comedy. In  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Leonard Bernstein; Leonard Bernstein; Leonard Bernstein; Leonard Bernstein; Leonard Bernstein; Leonard Bernstein
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Carol J Oja
ISBN: 9780199862092 0199862095
OCLC Number: 862780844
Description: xvi, 399 pages : illustrations, music ; 25 cm.
Contents: Section I: Ballet and nightclubs --
Youthful celebrity and personal freedom: breaking out with Fancy Free --
From the nightclubs to Broadway: the revuers, comedy skits, and left-wing politics --
Broadway and racial politics --
Creating a Broadway musical: the conception and debut of On the Town --
A Japanese American star during World War II: Sono Osato and "exotic ivy Smith" --
Desegregating Broadway: On the Town and race --
Biographies onstage: On the town's black conductor, dancers, and singers --
Musical style --
Crossover composition: the musical identities of On the Town --
On the Town after dark: the nightclub scene --
Epilogue: Beyond Fancy Free and On the Town.
Series Title: Broadway legacies.
Responsibility: Carol J. Oja.

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With an innovative historical framework, Carol J. Oja explores the emergence during World War II of Leonard Bernstein, Jerome Robbins, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green.  Read more...

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I mourn the loss of George Abbott and I celebrate Carol J. Oja's intriguing and absorbing book. * Bob Maram, The Writer's Drawer * [a] broad and sonorous view ... [this book] is to Oja's credit. * Read more...

 
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