Harry B. Smith: Dean of American Librettists

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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.

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John Franceschina is professor of theatre history at the Pennsylvania State University. He is the author of Sisters of Gore, Gore on Stage, Homosexualities in the English Theatre from Lyly to Wilde, Duke Ellington's Music for the Theatre, a three-volume translation of the Plays of the Marquis de Sade, and David Braham: The American Offenbach.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Series Introduction
Ch. 1 From Buffalo to Burlesque 1
Ch. 2 Burlesque to Broadway 23
Ch. 3 "Come to Sherwood; Join Our Jolly Crew" 49
Ch. 4 "Am I a Wiz?" 85
Ch. 5 "I'd Like to have a Photograph of that" 121
Ch. 6 "If I Only had a Theatre of Broadway" 157
Ch. 7 Follies of the Year 183
Ch. 8 German Imports 205
Ch. 9 Jerome Kern and Irving Berlin 231
Ch. 10 "Harry-B-Smithing" 251
Ch. 11 "A Long Walk Uphill Against the Wind" 275
Appendix 285
Index 291
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