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Enchanted EveningsThe Broadway Musical from Show Boat to Sondheim$
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Geoffrey Block

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195167306

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167306.001.0001

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Anything Goes: Songs Ten, Book Three

Anything Goes: Songs Ten, Book Three

(p.41) Chapter Three Anything Goes: Songs Ten, Book Three
Enchanted Evenings

Geoffrey Block

Oxford University Press

Anything Goes was Cole Porter's first major hit. Anything Goes does not conform to the organic “Wagnerian” model of some pre- and post-Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals beginning with Show Boat. Instead it presents a striking parallel with the generally less ostentatiously organic world of Baroque opera, in which great stars and show-stopping arias can ensure at least short-term success. In any of its forms, including the 1962 Anything Goes that held the stage for almost three decades and the 1987 reincarnation with its new book and numerous interpolated songs, Anything Goes still works.

Keywords:   Broadway musical, musical theater, Cole Porter, Baroque opera, Show Boat

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