<i>Strike Up the Band</i> and <i>Funny Face</i> (1927)

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:
Strike Up the Band and Funny Face (1927)

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In 1927, George and Ira collaborated with producer Edgar Selwyn and playwright George S. Kaufman—two of Broadway's most eminent figures—on the musical comedy Strike Up the Band. It is surprising that the show proved, at least at first, to be one of Gershwin's biggest flops. For all its brilliance, the music tellingly lacked some of the vivacity and charm of Gershwin's best theater scores. Meanwhile, Funny Face premiered on Broadway on November 22, 1927, and, after six frantic weeks on the road, opened to surprisingly unanimous acclaim. During the Broadway run of Funny Face, the Astaires took some screen tests for Paramount Pictures, who considered adapting the show as a movie musical.

Keywords: George Gershwin; Ira Gershwin; Edgar Selwyn; George S. Kaufman; musical comedy; Fred Astaire; Paramount Pictures

Chapter.  9403 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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