Andre Charlot: The Genius of Intimate Musical Revue

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McFarland, Jul 1, 2005 - Performing Arts - 197 pages
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Theatrical producer Andre Charlot brought Parisian revue to Great Britain in 1912 and dominated his field for 25 years. He greatly influenced American musical theater with Charlot's London Revue in New York in 1924. He created the kind of intimate revue the world came to identify as British, and was known for discovering and nurturing some of the greatest personalities in the century's theater, including Beatrice Lillie, Gertrude Lawrence, Jack Buchanan, and Noel Coward. This biography, researched from sources including his personal memoirs, covers Charlot's life and career from his youth in Paris to his time in Edwardian and interwar London, concluding with his final years in Hollywood playing all-purpose Europeans in B-movies and his death in 1956. Two unpublished essays by Andre Charlot are included as appendices: "Beverly Hills, 1937" and "A Quiet Game of Bridge." The work is illustrated with family photographs from all periods of Charlot's life, production photographs from his revues, contemporary charicatures from Tatler Magazine, and production stills of Charlot as an actor from Hollywood films.
 

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Contents

Paris 18821908 Raring to Go
3
Paris and London 19081912 Brimming with Confidence
18
London 19121914 Lets Put on a French Revue
30
London 19141919 Perfecting Intimate Revue
47
19191923 Transatlantic Days
64
London New York and Hollywood 19241926 Crest of the Wave
81
19261937 A Tale of Four Cities
107
Hollywood 19371956 Trying to Repeat the Past
132
Epilogue
158
Beverly Hills 1937
163
A Quiet Game of Bridge
167
Selected Bibliography
175
Index
179
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The late James Ross Moore was an author, columnist, and writer and narrator for BBC national radio. He lived in Cambridge, England.

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