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Show TunesThe Songs, Shows, and Careers of Broadway’s Major Composers$
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Steven Suskin

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195314076

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314076.001.0001

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Burton Lane

Burton Lane

Born: February 2, 1912, New York, New York

Died: January 5, 1997, New York, New York

(p.163) Burton Lane
Show Tunes

Steven Suskin

Oxford University Press

This chapter looks at the work of Burton Lane. It starts with a long commentary of his career, and this is followed by information on productions, with data and song details. Lane began his musical career at the age of fifteen, leaving school to work as a pianist at Remick’s (where both Gershwin and Youmans started a decade earlier). His expert playing attracted attention and an offer came from the Shuberts to write a new revue. The show, which was to be the 1928 edition of the Greenwich Village Follies, was never produced. The teenager had to wait another two years before being heard on Broadway.

Keywords:   Burton Lane, composers, Broadway musicals, musical theater, show tunes, Greenwich Village Follies

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