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Jeanette MacDonald

(1901—1965)

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Bitter Sweet

Overview page. Subjects: Music Theatre.

After delighting West End audiences with his smart and witty revues, Noël Coward wrote the book, music, and lyrics for this opérette, which opened in London at His Majesty’s Theatre ...

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Cat and the Fiddle

Overview page. Subjects: Music Theatre.

Although Jerome Kern’s lyricist for this show, Otto Harbach, was steeped in the Viennese-style of music that had influenced the American musical theatre for so long in the early part ...

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Firefly

Overview page. Subjects: Music Theatre.

Remembered particularly for one of Allan Jones’ finest film performances and his thrilling rendition of ‘The Donkey Serenade’, The Firefly was released by MGM in 1937. The song itself was...

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Gene Raymond

Overview page. Subjects: Music Theatre.

(1908–1998).

Film, television, and stage performer. A blond leading man who started as a child actor in films, he played the romantic (if unexciting) leading man in many films in...

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Hunt Stromberg

Overview page. Subjects: Music Theatre.

(1894–1968).

Film producer. A top MGM producer who worked with the studio's greatest female stars, he presented some widely popular musicals as well. Stromberg was born in...

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Love Parade

Overview page. Subjects: Music Theatre.

Sometimes called ‘the first truly cinematic screen musical in America’, The Love Parade was released by Paramount in 1929. Jeanette MacDonald, who was making her screen debut, co-starred...

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Maytime

Overview page. Subjects: Music Theatre.

With his score for this highly popular operetta, which was based on a German production, Wie Einst In Mai, Sigmund Romberg finally stepped out of Victor Herbert’s shadow, and established ...

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Merry Widow

Overview page. Subjects: Musicology and Music History.

Operetta in 3 acts by Lehár to lib. by V. Léon and L. Stein after Meilhac's comedy L'Attaché d'ambassade. Comp. 1905. Prod. Vienna 1905 (first Widow was Mizzi Günther), London (Lily Elsie)...

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Overview page. Subjects: Music Theatre.

(MGM).

The biggest and most prestigious studio in Hollywood for much of the 1930s and 1940s, it was formed in 1924 by the merger of the Metro Picture Corporation, Samuel ...

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Monte Carlo

Overview page. Subjects: Music Theatre.

Slightly less risqué than The Love Parade (1929), Monte Carlo, which was released by Paramount a year later, was nevertheless a hot-bed of romance and intrigue in the hands of ...

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