Harry B. Smith: Dean of American Librettists

Harry B. Smith: Dean of American Librettists

by John Franceschina
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415938627

ISBN-13: 9780415938624

Pub. Date: 06/23/2003

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Harry B. Smith was the most prolific writer of librettos for the American musical theatre in history, with nearly half of his 300 works actually opening in New York City. In addition, Smith was instrumental in adapting and popularizing foreign musicals in America, significantly influencing writing and composing styles of American shows. He worked with every major

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Harry B. Smith was the most prolific writer of librettos for the American musical theatre in history, with nearly half of his 300 works actually opening in New York City. In addition, Smith was instrumental in adapting and popularizing foreign musicals in America, significantly influencing writing and composing styles of American shows. He worked with every major composer in America between 1880 and 1920, and consequently this examination of his work and process is highly instructive of the history of the American musical.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415938624
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/23/2003
Series:
Forgotten Stars of the Musical Theatre Series
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsvii
Series Introductionix
Chapter 1From Buffalo to Burlesque1
Chapter 2Burlesque to Broadway23
Chapter 3"Come to Sherwood; Join Our Jolly Crew"49
Chapter 4"Am I a Wiz?"85
Chapter 5"I'd Like to Have a Photograph of That"121
Chapter 6"If I Only Had a Theatre on Broadway"157
Chapter 7Follies of the Year183
Chapter 8German Imports205
Chapter 9Jerome Kern and Irving Berlin231
Chapter 10"Harry-B-Smithing"251
Chapter 11"A Long Walk Uphill Against the Wind"275
Appendix285
Index291

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