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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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Leonard Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein

Born: August 25, 1918, Lawrence, Massachusetts

Died: October 14, 1990, New York, New York

(p.205) Leonard Bernstein
Show Tunes

Steven Suskin

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the work of Leonard Bernstein. It begins with an extended commentary of his career, followed by details on productions, with data and song information. Bernstein’s first theater experience came when the twenty-one-year-old Harvard music major mounted the 1939 Boston première of The Cradle will Rock (Blitzstein: June 16, 1937), also playing the onstage accompaniment. Marc Blitzstein attended, was duly impressed, and the two began a close friendship. Following graduation, Bernstein entered the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia—where Blitzstein had studied—to train for a career in symphonic music.

Keywords:   Leonard Bernstein, Philadelphia, Broadway musicals, musical theater, The Cradle Will Rock, Marc Blitzstein

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