Chapter

By Myself

Kathleen Riley

in The Astaires

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199738410
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932955 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199738410.003.0008
By Myself

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Fred and Adele appeared on stage together for the last time in The Band Wagon by Howard Dietz, Arthur Schwartz, and George S. Kaufman. Unlike Smiles, the production was backed by a creative team, which was not only talented but also professionally competent and reliable. The cast was uniformly of first-rate quality. The Band Wagon brought a new sophistication to musical theatre and, with its introduction of a revolutionary double revolve or turntable, it spelt the end of the old-style musical revues. Adele left the show in March 1932 and sailed to London to wed Lord Charles Cavendish. The marriage took place in the private chapel at Chatsworth, seat of the Devonshire family, after which Adele and her new husband went to live at Lismore Castle in Ireland. Fred, without the support of his talented sister, stepped up to the mark, to begin his solo career. He also began a two-year courtship of society divorcée Phyllis Potter. The course of his future life was set in London when Phyllis accepted his proposal of marriage and suggested he return to New York to take the lead role in Gay Divorce with a score by Cole Porter.

Keywords: astaire; fred; adele; the Band Wagon; howard Dietz; arthur Schwartz; george S. Kaufman; double revolve; lord Charles Cavendish; phyllis Potter

Chapter.  8611 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Dance

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