Chapter

Wonderful Nonsense

John Franceschina

in Hermes Pan

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199754298
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949878 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199754298.003.0007
Wonderful Nonsense

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Hermes Pan moves to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to choreograph The Barkleys of Broadway with Fred Astaire and Judy Garland but is released at Garland’s request after the completion of the “Shoes With Wings On” routine. He contracts with Mike Todd to choreograph As the Girls Go on Broadway and joins composer Jimmy McHugh, lyricist Harold Adamson, and director Howard Bay at Todd’s Irvington Estate to begin work. After five weeks of rehearsal the show opens in Boston with costumes by Oleg Cassini on 13 October 1948 to devastating reviews. After three weeks of reworking, the musical opened in New Haven to excellent notices anticipating a triumphant premiere in New York City on 13 November.

Keywords: The Barkleys of Broadway; Judy Garland; Mike Todd; As the Girls Go; Jimmy McHugh; Harold Adamson; Oleg Cassini; Howard Bay; Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer; Shoes With Wings On

Chapter.  5547 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Dance

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