<i>Reuben Reuben</i> (1949–1955) and <i>This Is the Garden</i> (1956–1957)

Howard Pollack

in Marc Blitzstein

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199791590
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199949625 | DOI:
                   Reuben Reuben (1949–1955) and This Is the Garden (1956–1957)

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This chapter focusses on Blitzstein’s Reuben Reuben, his major theatrical undertaking from his later years. A modern Faust story touching on fears related to nuclear war, this opera, produced by Cheryl Crawford, directed by Robert Lewis, and starring Eddie Albert, Evelyn Lear, and Kay Ballard, closed out-of-town in Boston. The composer managed to salvage some of the music for his choral oratorio, This Is the Garden, which itself enjoyed only modest success.

Keywords: Reuben Reuben; Cheryl Crawford; Robert Lewis; Eddie Albert; Evelyn Lear; Kay Ballard; This Is the Garden

Chapter.  13266 words. 

Subjects: American Music ; Popular Music

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