Irving Berlin's American Musical Theater

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Oxford University Press, USA, Apr 6, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 394 pages
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From patriotic "God Bless America" to wistful "White Christmas," Irving Berlin's songs have long accompanied Americans as they fall in love, go to war, and come home for the holidays. Irving Berlin's American Musical Theater is the first book to fully consider this songwriter's immeasurable influence on the American stage. Award-winning music historian Jeffrey Magee chronicles Berlin's legendary theatrical career, providing a rich background to some of the great composer's most enduring songs, from "There's No Business Like Show Business" to "Puttin' on the Ritz." Magee shows how Berlin's early experience singing for pennies made an impression on the young man, who kept hold of that sensibility throughout his career and transformed it into one of the defining attributes of Broadway shows. Magee also looks at darker aspects of Berlin's life, examining the anti-Semitism that Berlin faced and his struggle with depression. Informative, provocative, and full of colorful details, this book will delight song and theater aficionados alike as well as anyone interested in the story of a man whose life and work expressed so well the American dream.
  

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User Review  - Barry Zaslow - Book Verdict

Magee (music & theater, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; The Uncrowned King of Swing: Fletcher Henderson and Big Band Jazz) combines scholarly credentials with fluent prose in this welcome ... Read full review

Contents

Irving Berlins Century
3
1 Irving Berlins Theater
9
The Dillingham Shows 191415
34
3 Berlins Follies 191819
69
The Music Box Revues 192124
101
Berlin Kaufman and Co 1920S30S
148
This Is the Army 194245
203
Annie Get Your Gun 1945Present
226
This Is America
301
Notes
305
Bibliography
348
Discography
358
Acknowledgments
359
Credits
362
Index
379
Copyright

Berlin Lindsay and Crouse 195062
265

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Jeffrey Magee is Associate Professor of Music and Theater at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and author of The Uncrowned King of Swing, winner of the Irving Lowens Award from the Society for American Music.

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