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On Your Toes and Pal Joey: Dance Gets into the Act and “Sweet Water from a Foul Well”

Geoffrey Block

in Enchanted Evenings

Published in print February 2004 | ISBN: 9780195167306
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849840 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167306.003.0005
On Your Toes and Pal Joey: Dance Gets into the Act and “Sweet Water from a Foul Well”

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The genesis of On Your Toes can be traced to the Hollywood years, when Rodgers and Hart conceived the idea of a movie musical about a vaudeville hoofer (to be played by Fred Astaire) who becomes involved with a Russian ballet company. Astaire, then busy with his series of films with Ginger Rogers, declined the role and Hollywood rejected their scenario. Soon, however, Broadway bought the idea as a vehicle for a new dancing sensation, Ray Bolger. The musical Pal Joey was based on John OʼHara's collection of stories in epistolary form, can be traced to 1938 when a single OʼHara short story, “Pal Joey,” was published in the New Yorker. The revivals of the two musicals are discussed.

Keywords: Broadway musicals; musical theater; Ginger Rodgers; Hart; Ray Bolger

Chapter.  10002 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Popular Music

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