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Bernstein Meets Broadway

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Table of Contents

Introduction ; Section I: Ballet, Nightclubs, Broadway ; 1.Youthful Celebrity and Progressive Visions: Breaking Out with Fancy Free ; 2. From Nightclubs to Broadway: The Revuers, Comedy Skits, and Progressive Politics ; 3. Creating a Broadway Musical: The Conception and Debut of On the Town ; Section II: Staging Racial Politics ; 4. A Japanese American Star on Broadway: Sono Osato and <"Exotic Ivy Smith>" ; 5. Desegregating Broadway: On the Town and Race ; 6. Biographies on Stage: On the Town's Black Conductor, Dancers, and Singers ; Section III: Musical Style ; 7. Crossover Composition: The Musical Styles of On the Town ; 8. On the Town After Dark: The Nightclub Scene ; Section IV: Epilogue ; Appendices ; A. Discography and Videography of Fancy Free, On the Town, and The Revuers ; B. Scenario for Fancy Free ; C. Cast List for On the Town on Opening Night ; Index

About the Author

Carol J. Oja is the William Powell Mason Professor of Music at Harvard University. She is author of Making Music Modern: New York in the 1920s (OUP, 2000), which won the Lowens Book Award from the Society for American Music and an ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award. Her other books include Copland and his World (co-edited with Judith Tick, 2005) and Colin McPhee: Composer in Two Worlds (2004),


I mourn the loss of George Abbott and I celebrate Carol J. Oja's intriguing and absorbing book. * Bob Maram, The Writer's Drawer * [a] broad and sonorous view ... [this book] is to Oja's credit. * Russell Davies, Times Literary Supplement *

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