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The <i>Scandals of 1924, Primrose</i>, and <i>Lady, Be Good!</i> (1924)

Howard Pollack

in George Gershwin

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9780520248649
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520933149 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520248649.003.0017
The Scandals of 1924, Primrose, and Lady, Be Good! (1924)

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The Scandals of 1924 was Gershwin's last Broadway revue. The score displayed, essentially for the final time, Gershwin's skillful handling of revue demands, from the various Arabian, Chinese, Spanish, and African production numbers to the satiric ribaldry of “Somebody Loves Me” and the chorus-girl promenading of “I Need a Garden.” An exercise in the carnivalesque, Primrose unfolds against a background of communal merriment and, like many contemporaneous American musicals, manifested some anxiety about the modern woman and her “newfangled” ways. The show Lady, Be Good! proved not only Gershwin's first big musical-comedy hit, but also one of the quintessential American theatrical works of the 1920s.

Keywords: Scandals of 1924; George Gershwin; Broadway revue; Somebody Loves Me; American musical; musical comedy

Chapter.  8665 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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