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Coming up RosesThe Broadway Musical in the 1950s$
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Ethan Mordden

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780195140583

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195140583.001.0001

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By the Beautiful Sea & Plain and Fancy

By the Beautiful Sea & Plain and Fancy

(p.119) 8 By the Beautiful Sea & Plain and Fancy
Coming up Roses

Ethan Mordden

Oxford University Press

The problem with By the Beautiful Sea (1954) was that all the Shiriey Booth in the world could not fill a show without a story. The Herbert and Dorothy Fields book was less interested in character than in maintaining a steady tempo in moving back and forth among the three big sets: one, the backyard of Lottie's theatrical boarding house; two, the Coney Island midway of ferris wheel, Steeplechase Park, and tunnel of love; and three, the Dreamland Casino. In between, obligatory for the scene changes, were the little scenes in one. That meant that a goodly portion of the action was given over to incidentals involving singing waiters, sailors and their dates, and so on. In contrast, Plain and Fancy (1955) is a musical comedy that one could easily resuscitate, because its strength lies in its story and characters and score: musical comedy as an author's triumph.

Keywords:   By the Beautiful Sea, Shirley Booth, Plain and Fancy, story, characters, score

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