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When Broadway Went to Hollywood

Ethan Mordden

Published in print January 2017 | ISBN: 9780199395408
Published online April 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780199395439 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199395408.001.0001
When Broadway Went to Hollywood

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As historians have begun to consider the movie musical along with the stage musical, this book explores just how influential such writers as Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, and Stephen Sondheim have been when they moved from Broadway to Hollywood. Are the welcomed? Do they get to experiment, using the freedom of the camera to expand the very geography of song? Or do movie producers resent that New York sophistication? Broadway excels in the bittersweet “Send in the Clowns.” But Hollywood wants it simple: “White Christmas.” This text tantalizes with anecdotes and fresh observations. It discusses many unusual titles as well as the most famous ones—Viennese Nights, The Boys From Syracuse, Anything Goes, with Ethel Merman preserving her classic stage part as Reno Sweeney, the swinging evangelist.

Keywords: Irving Berlin; George Gershwin; Ira Gershwin; Cole Porter; Harold Arlen; Stephen Sondheim; song; Hollywood; Broadway

Book.  272 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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Introduction in When Broadway Went to Hollywood

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The First Hollywood Musicals in When Broadway Went to Hollywood

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De Sylva, Brown, and Henderson in When Broadway Went to Hollywood

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Irving Berlin in When Broadway Went to Hollywood

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George and Ira Gershwin in When Broadway Went to Hollywood

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Rodgers and Hart in When Broadway Went to Hollywood

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Jerome Kern in When Broadway Went to Hollywood

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Cole Porter in When Broadway Went to Hollywood

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Operetta in When Broadway Went to Hollywood

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Johnny Mercer, Frank Loesser, and Harold Arlen in When Broadway Went to Hollywood

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