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Vaudeville and Burlesque: From Small Time to Big Time

John Kenrick

John Kenrick combines a passion for entertainment history with the practical know-how earned working on stage productions at every level from amateur to Broadway. This New York native pulls back the curtain and introduces audiences and students to the fascinating people behind show business legends. Every month, his website Musicals101.com introduces thousands of visitors to the history of stage and screen musicals. He has appeared on PBS, Biography, BBC TV and radio, National Public Radio and the Travel Channel. John currently teaches at the New School University and New York University’s Steinhardt School. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Musical Theatre : A History

A Giniger Book published in association with Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2017

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... Brice was winning raves performing Irving Berlin’s song “Sadie Salome, Go Home” on a burlesque wheel when she got the invitation to audition for Ziegfeld’s Follies. Bob Hope, Bert Lahr, Jackie Gleason, Phil Silvers,...

The 1920s, Part II: Show Boat—Premature Revolution

John Kenrick

John Kenrick combines a passion for entertainment history with the practical know-how earned working on stage productions at every level from amateur to Broadway. This New York native pulls back the curtain and introduces audiences and students to the fascinating people behind show business legends. Every month, his website Musicals101.com introduces thousands of visitors to the history of stage and screen musicals. He has appeared on PBS, Biography, BBC TV and radio, National Public Radio and the Travel Channel. John currently teaches at the New School University and New York University’s Steinhardt School. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Musical Theatre : A History

A Giniger Book published in association with Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2017

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... were actual 1890s hits. Audiences were familiar with Offenbach’s “Valse des Rayons,” John Phillip Sousa’s “Washington Square March,” and the tune “At a Georgia Camp Meeting,” all of which were featured. Kern’s new songs fit in seamlessly...

Coward the Playwright

John Lahr

John Lahr has been writing about theatre and popular culture for The New Yorker since 1992. He is the author of sixteen books, among them Dame Edna Everage and the Rise of Western Civilisation: Backstage with Barry Humphries, Notes on a Cowardly Lion: The Biography of Bert Lahr, and Show and Tell. John Lahr divides his time between New York and London. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 1982

Short Guides and Biography

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...A reissue in hardback of critic John Lahr's famous 1982 study of Noël Coward's plays "Noël Coward," said Terence Rattigan, is simply a phenomenon, and one that is unlikely to occur ever again in theatre history. A phenomenon he certainly...

Career in Profile: Ethel Merman

John Kenrick

John Kenrick combines a passion for entertainment history with the practical know-how earned working on stage productions at every level from amateur to Broadway. This New York native pulls back the curtain and introduces audiences and students to the fascinating people behind show business legends. Every month, his website Musicals101.com introduces thousands of visitors to the history of stage and screen musicals. He has appeared on PBS, Biography, BBC TV and radio, National Public Radio and the Travel Channel. John currently teaches at the New School University and New York University’s Steinhardt School. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Musical Theatre : A History

A Giniger Book published in association with Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2017

Books

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... that the songs were just fine. Ethel’s seeming cockiness delighted the Gershwins, who agreed to cast her. The 1930s: Merman Conquers Broadway Girl Crazy (1930, 272 performances) had a libretto by Guy Bolton and John McGowan involving...

Depression Era Miracles (1930–39): “I Guess I’ll Have to Change My Plan”

John Kenrick

John Kenrick combines a passion for entertainment history with the practical know-how earned working on stage productions at every level from amateur to Broadway. This New York native pulls back the curtain and introduces audiences and students to the fascinating people behind show business legends. Every month, his website Musicals101.com introduces thousands of visitors to the history of stage and screen musicals. He has appeared on PBS, Biography, BBC TV and radio, National Public Radio and the Travel Channel. John currently teaches at the New School University and New York University’s Steinhardt School. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Musical Theatre : A History

A Giniger Book published in association with Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2017

Books

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... (1929, 321 performances) started as informal Sunday concerts given by unknown performers. These talents were cast in an intimate revue presented by Dwight Deere Wiman (1895–1951), an heir to the John Deere tractor fortune. Former attorney...
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...Renowned theater critic John Lahr created a bold reworking of Richard Condon’s political thriller, updating the action to the 1990s while retaining the core premise of a brainwashed war hero who’s programmed to become an assassin. Kelsey...