<i>Oh, Kay!</i> and Other Works (1926)

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:
Oh, Kay! and Other Works (1926)

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In marked contrast to 1925, Gershwin produced only one major work in 1926, the musical comedy Oh, Kay!—though in the course of the year he also launched his Five Preludes for piano and wrote “That Lost Barber Shop Chord” for the show Americana. Oh, Kay! truly launched Gertrude Lawrence's career. The romantic comedy, though basically a farce, was also something of a satire, its main targets including Prohibition and American self-righteousness. Although it produced only one major hit song, “Someone to Watch Over Me,” the show itself proved more durable than most Gershwin musicals, with numerous stagings over the years.

Keywords: George Gershwin; Five Preludes; Gertrude Lawrence; romantic comedy; Watch Over Me

Chapter.  7392 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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