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Ira GershwinThe Art of the Lyricist$
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Philip Furia

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780195115703

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195115703.001.0001

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Sweeping the Country: 1930–1933

Sweeping the Country: 1930–1933

(p.81) 5 Sweeping the Country: 1930–1933
Ira Gershwin

Philip Fuma

Oxford University Press

Neither book nor lyrics could save Strike Up the Band, which never made it out of Philadelphia, closing “out of town” in 1927. But despite this failure, Edgar Selwyn clung to his dream of Americanizing Gilbert and Sullivan and mounted a revised version of Strike Up the Band in 1930. With the addition of the songs “Soon” and “I've Got a Crush on You”, the new Strike Up the Band played in New York for nearly 200 performances—a strong run on a Depression-dimmed Broadway. Reviewers took more notice of Ira's lyrics than they ever had.

Keywords:   Ira Gershwin, Strike Up the Band, Gilbert and Sullivan, Edward Selwyn, Soon

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