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<i>Tip-Toes</i> and <i>Song of the Flame</i> (1925)

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/9780520248649.003.0019
Tip-Toes and Song of the Flame (1925)

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In the fall of 1925, the Gershwin brothers, bookwriters Fred Thompson and Guy Bolton, and producers Aarons and Freedley launched a new musical, Tip-Toes, which was designed especially for Queenie Smith. Tip-Toes would represent the pinnacle of Smith's stage career, though she subsequently enjoyed some success in Hollywood. As a romantic farce about lovers who have to overcome differences in social status, it echoed a number of previous Gershwin musicals, and also brought Ira his first major recognition. While working on Tip-Toes, Gershwin also collaborated with composer Herbert Stothart and bookwriter-lyricists Oscar Hammerstein and Otto Harbach on an operetta, Song of the Flame. Set against the background of the Russian revolution and its aftermath, Song of the Flame features a large cast of principals divided more or less into serious and comic characters.

Keywords: Tip-Toes; Queenie Smith; Gershwin musicals; Alex Aarons; Ira Gershwin; Herbert Stothart; Russian revolution

Chapter.  7498 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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