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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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Hugh Martin

Hugh Martin

Born: August 11, 1914, Birmingham, Alabama

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Show Tunes

Steven Suskin

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the work of Hugh Martin. The chapter opens with an extended commentary of his career, and this is followed by details on productions, with data and song information provided. Martin left Birmingham Southern College as a sophomore to embark on a musical career. Smitten by Gershwin and Kern, he came to Broadway as a member of Kay Thompson’s backup quartet in Hooray for What! (Arlen: December 1, 1937). By the end of the tryout, Thompson had been fired; Martin remained, attracting immediate notice with his contemporary, swing-oriented vocal arrangements.

Keywords:   Hugh Martin, Gershwin, Broadway musicals, musical theater, Kay Thompson, Hooray for What!, vocal arrangement

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