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Stars of the AMERICAN MUSICAL THEATER In Historic Photographs
361 Portraits from the 1860s to 1950
By STANLEY APPELBAUM, James Comner
Dover Publications, Inc.Copyright © 1981 Dover Publications, Inc.
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Almost everyone knows of America's great contribution to the musical theater, and many people know the names of the great composers who made it such a unique American form—Victor Herbert, Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin and Richard Rodgers among them. But the same immortality has eluded many of the great stars for whom the musicals were created. There wouldn't have been a Sally without Marilyn Miller, or a Naughty Marietta without Emma Trentini, but both stars are in danger of being forgotten. Today, who remembers Fay Templeton, Peter F. Dailey, William Gaxton or the Brox Sisters?
These performers will finally receive their due in this collection of the most important stars of the American musical theater, surely the most complete ever assembled. The photos, many of them autographed for presentation, are full of the charm of these performers: Lillian Russell, Adele Astaire and the Dolly Sisters are just four of the stars whose photographs capture something of the personality we read about in their reviews.
Through the book (organized roughly by theme within chronology) we can trace developments and trends on the American musical stage. And this volume also sets the record straight on many counts, dispelling myths and popular misconceptions. Some readers will be surprised to see that the original Joe in Show Boat was not Paul Robeson, as Jerome Kern had wanted, but Jules Bledsoe, a great performer in his own right.
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