Pick Yourself Up: Dorothy Fields and the American Musical

Pick Yourself Up: Dorothy Fields and the American Musical

by Charlotte Greenspan

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Pick Yourself Up: Dorothy Fields and the American Musical by Charlotte Greenspan

Famed lyricist Dorothy Fields penned the words to more than four hundred songs, among them mega-hits such as "On the Sunny Side of the Street," "I Can't Give You Anything But Love, " and "The Way You Look Tonight." In Pick Yourself Up, Charlotte Greenspan offers the most complete treatment of Fields's life and work to date, tracing her rise to prominence in a male-dominated world. Born in 1904 into a show business family--her father, Lou Fields, was a famed stage comedian turned Broadway producer--Fields first teamed with songwriter Jimmy McHugh in the late 1920s and went on to a series of Hollywood collaborations with Jerome Kern, including the Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers classic Swing Time. With her brother Herbert, she co-authored the books for several of Cole Porter's shows and for Irving Berlin's classic Annie Get Your Gun. Fields's lyrics--colloquial, urbane, sometimes slangy, sometimes sensuous--won her high praise from later generations of songwriters including Stephen Sondheim, and her stellar career opened a path for other women in her profession, among them Betty Comden and Dory Previn.

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ISBN-13: 9780199958634
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 11/15/2012
Series: Broadway Legacies Series
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Charlotte Greenspan is a musicologist and pianist who has written extensively on music and film. She lives in Ithaca, New York.

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