Sweeping the Country: 1930–1933

Philip Fuma

in Ira Gershwin

Published in print October 1997 | ISBN: 9780195115703
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853144 | DOI:
Sweeping the Country: 1930–1933

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Neither book nor lyrics could save Strike Up the Band, which never made it out of Philadelphia, closing “out of town” in 1927. But despite this failure, Edgar Selwyn clung to his dream of Americanizing Gilbert and Sullivan and mounted a revised version of Strike Up the Band in 1930. With the addition of the songs “Soon” and “I've Got a Crush on You”, the new Strike Up the Band played in New York for nearly 200 performances—a strong run on a Depression-dimmed Broadway. Reviewers took more notice of Ira's lyrics than they ever had.

Keywords: Ira Gershwin; Strike Up the Band; Gilbert and Sullivan; Edward Selwyn; Soon

Chapter.  7990 words. 

Subjects: Popular Music

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