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Lady in the Dark and One Touch of Venus: The Broadway Stranger and His American Dreams

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/9780195167306.003.0007
Lady in the Dark and One Touch of Venus: The Broadway Stranger and His American Dreams

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Within a year after Kurt Weill (1900–50) immigrated to America his Johnny Johnson (1936) had appeared on Broadway. By the time he ended his brief but productive American career with Lost in the Stars (1949), the German refugee had managed to produce no less than eight shows in his adopted homeland, including two certifiable hits, Lady in the Dark (467 performances) and One Touch of Venus (567 performances). However, neither Lady in the Dark and One Touch of Venus has returned to the Broadway stage. It is indeed a peculiar legacy that Weill's popularly designed American works remain unrevived and perhaps unrevivable.

Keywords: Broadway musicals; musical theater; Kurt Weill; Johnny Johnson

Chapter.  9225 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Popular Music

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