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Agnes de Mille : telling stories in broadway dance

Author: Kara Anne Gardner
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2016]
Series: Broadway legacies.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
This book explores the Broadway legacy of choreographer Agnes de Mille. Six 1940s musicals are discussed in depth - Oklahoma!, One Touch of Venus, Bloomer Girl, Carousel, Brigadoon, and Allegro. Drawing on interviews with cast members, letters, sketches, and videos, the book describes Mille's unique contributions to original Broadway productions.

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Gardner, Kara Anne.
Agnes de Mille.
New York : Oxford University Press, [2016]
(DLC) 2015043157
Named Person: Agnes De Mille; Agnes De Mille
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Kara Anne Gardner
ISBN: 9780199997848 0199997845 9780199997855 0199997853 9780190246082 0190246081
OCLC Number: 933386070
Awards: Winner of Winner of 2017 Kurt Weill Prize.
Description: 1 online resource (xxii, 231 pages)
Contents: COVER; AGNES DE MILLE: TELLING STORIES IN BROADWAY DANCE; Copyright; Dedication; CONTENTS; FOREWORD; PREFACE; ACKNOWLEDGMENTS; NOTES ON ARCHIVAL SOURCES; AGNES DE MILLE; 1: BRINGING BALLET TO BROADWAY; New York and Los Angeles-Becoming a Professional; Rambert and London; From Rodeo to Oklahoma!; Ballet on Broadway before Oklahoma!; Madame Rasch; Balanchine on Broadway; 2: THE DANCES OF OKLAHOMA!: An Authorship, or Work for Hire?; The Genesis and Style of the Dances in Oklahoma!; "The Farmer and the Cowman": Music and Dance, Adjuncts of the Plot. Who Put the Sex in Oklahoma!? Authoring the Story of the Dream BalletThe Dream Ballet Realized; The Dream Ballet, Hollywood Style; "The Girl Who Falls Down": De Mille's Invention of Secondary Characters; Reviving Oklahoma!; 3: ONE TOUCH OF VENUS: Love among Strangers with Forty Minutes for Lunch; Weill, Crawford, and de Mille Bring the Venus Concept to Fruition; Mary Martin: Becoming Venus; "Like Petipa and Tchaikovsky": The Weill/de Mille Collaboration; Depicting Venus in the Ballets; Sono Osato: De Mille Shapes a Character and Then Creates Another Star; Reception and Legacy. 4: FITTING THE "CIVIL WAR BALLET" INTO BLOOMER GIRLImposing a War Ballet on a Musical Comedy; Digging for the Real Story: The Genesis and Evolution of the Bloomer Girl Civil War Ballet; The Civil War "Interlude" in Bloomer Girl and Its Meanings; Choreographer or Director?; 5: PLAYWRITING THROUGH MOVEMENT: De Mille's Dances for Carousel; Carousel's Dancing Women, Bustin' Out All Over; Creating the Second-Act Ballet; Telling the Story of Louise in Music and Dance; Rodgers and Mamoulian: De Mille's Collaborators, or Rivals?; Choreographer Becomes Activist; 6: SHAPING THE STORY OF BRIGADOON. Brigadoon's GenesisBlending a Diversity of Styles; Creating Harry Beaton; De Mille, Robert Lewis, and New Methods of Staging a Musical; The Rewards of Team Playing; Brigadoon beyond Broadway; 7: STAGING ALLEGRO; The Concept of Allegro; The College Years: Bringing Hammerstein's Vision to Life; Taking the Bite Out of the Wedding Scene; How Do We Solve a Problem Like Jennie?; The Country Is Better Than the City: Conveying the Wrong Message in the Finale; Allegro for Television; De Mille, Rodgers, and Hammerstein after Allegro; 8: DE MILLE'S BROADWAY DECLINE AND HER ACTIVIST LEGACY. Rodgers and Hammerstein Leave Big Ballets, and de Mille, BehindThe Consequences of Creative Control; The Legacy of Kwamina; De Mille's Forgotten Legacy; NOTES; PREFACE; CHAPTER 1: BRINGING BALLET TO BROADWAY; CHAPTER 2: THE DANCES OF OKLAHOMA!: AN AUTHORSHIP, OR WORK FOR HIRE?; CHAPTER 3: ONE TOUCH OF VENUS: LOVE AMONG STRANGERS WITH FORTY MINUTES FOR LUNCH; CHAPTER 4: FITTING THE "CIVIL WAR BALLET" INTO BLOOMER GIRL; CHAPTER 5: PLAYWRITING THROUGH MOVEMENT: DE MILLE'S DANCES FOR CAROUSEL; CHAPTER 6: SHAPING THE STORY OF BRIGADOON; CHAPTER 7: STAGING ALLEGRO.
Series Title: Broadway legacies.
Responsibility: Kara Anne Gardner.


This book explores the Broadway legacy of choreographer Agnes de Mille. Six 1940s musicals are discussed in depth - Oklahoma!, One Touch of Venus, Bloomer Girl, Carousel, Brigadoon, and Allegro.  Read more...


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