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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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Kiss Me, Kate: The Taming of Cole Porter

Kiss Me, Kate: The Taming of Cole Porter

(p.179) Chapter Nine Kiss Me, Kate: The Taming of Cole Porter
Enchanted Evenings

Geoffrey Block

Oxford University Press

In the years following the success of Anything Goes in 1934 only Rodgers and Hart surpassed Porter in producing musical hits on Broadway. In the mid-1940s, two successive failures, Seven Lively Arts (1944) and Around the World in Eighty Days (1946), prompted Porter and his backers to question the commercial vitality of the pre-Rodgers and Hammerstein-type musical. The tides had turned and the examples of Rodgers and Hammerstein's second musical, Carousel (1945), Berlin's Annie Get Your Gun (1946), and Porter's own Kiss Me, Kate (1948) bear testimony to the power that Oklahoma! now exerted. Even these two old dog songwriters now felt the urgency of learning the new trick of writing integrated musicals. Berlin's Annie Get Your Gun and Porter's Kiss Me, Kate, remain the only musicals with unaltered books by these great songwriters that occupy a firm position in the Broadway repertory.

Keywords:   Broadway musicals, musical theater, Cole Porter, integrated musical, Carousel, Okalhoma, Annie Get Your Gun

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