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When Broadway Went to Hollywood


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Introduction 1. The First Hollywood Musicals 2. De Sylva, Brown, and Henderson 3. Irving Berlin 4. George and Ira Gershwin 5. Rodgers and Hart 6. Jerome Kern 7. Cole Porter 8. Operetta 9. Johnny Mercer, Frank Loesser, and Harold Arlen 10. Direct from Broadway 11. Rodgers and Hammerstein and Lerner and Loewe 12. The Last Hollywood Musicals Bibliography Index

About the Author

Ethan Mordden is a recognized expert on the American musical theatre and the author of Anything Goes: A History of American Musical Theatre, Make Believe: The Broadway Musical in the 1920s, Beautiful Mornin: The Broadway Musical in the 1940s, Coming Up Roses: The Broadway Musical in the 1950s and Sondheim: An Opinionated Guide, all published by Oxford University Press. His writing has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The New Yorker, and his numerous books include friendly introductions to opera and film as well as five collections of short stories chronicling gay life in New York City. He lives in Manhattan.


"It takes an expert to measure Broadwayas influence on Hollywood and vice versa, but American author Ethan Mordden has the knowledge and inimitable wit to do so... Mordden takes us behind the scenes of the great Hollywood musicals we have loved for years and discusses the impact of Broadway musicals on the movie industry." -- Lisa Kaaki, Arab News "Mordden, the doyen of American musical history who previously has published such seminal titles as Anything Goes; Broadway Babies; Sondheim, and his six-volume, decade-by-decade examination of the Broadway musical (1920s-60s), now adds to an impressive oeuvre with this trenchant analysis of the alternately symbiotic, contentious, cooperative, and antagonistic historical relationship between Broadway and Hollywood musicals...Mordden is an informative and entertaining musical history tour guide, and this latest work is further validation of his stature." --Library Journal "Packed with fascinating information, this is an impressive labor of love that should appeal to all Broadway fans." --Kirkus Reviews When Broadway Went to Hollywood is by Ethan Mordden, our most incisive (and wittiest) musical theater historian, who's been at it for more than 40 years ... You'll find yourself having a love-hate affair with Tinsel Town's powers that be, and that alone makes this a fascinating read."--Overture "Along with supplying strong opinions, Mr.Mordden offers welcome insight...[His] vivid prose exhibits two traits also found in the best musicals: energy and vivacity."--Wall Street Journal

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