The Songwriter Goes to War: The Story of Irving Berlin's World War II All-Army Production of This Is the Armyby Alan Anderson
Irving Berlin marked the end of WWI with a show that opened on Broadway just before Armistice Day, 1918, and ran for all of 32 performances. Yip, Yip, Yaphank was notable for its company, made up entirely of servicemen. The idea of an all-service show resurfaced in the wake of the U.S. entry into WWII, and the cast of This Is the Army was rehearsing and preparing to open at New York's Broadway Theatre. Their story is recalled here by Alan Anderson, whose first assignment after induction into the service was to be production stage manager and first sergeant of the This Is the Army detachment. From this vantage point Anderson enjoyed a unique perspective on the show, on all the elements that went into it, and on all the personalities that in one way or another brought the elements to life.
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I have always loved Irvin Berlin, and read much about him, but this book tells a lot about an extremely talanted songwriter, and what he did for our service men and women, during war. I highly recommend this book. Its a very interesting and touching story.