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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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Vincent Youmans

Vincent Youmans

Born: September 27, 1898 New York, New York

Died: April 5, 1946 Denver, Colorado

(p.73) Vincent Youmans
Show Tunes

Steven Suskin

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the work of Vincent Youmans. It begins with an extended commentary of his career, and following on from this are details on productions, with data and song information. Youmans was born the day after George Gershwin. Both played an important part in developing the new musical comedy of the 1920s; both tried to move into more serious theater work; both had careers cut short by illness in their mid-thirties; and both left songs that, three-quarters of a century later, are as good as anything that has come along in the interim.

Keywords:   Vincent Youmans, musical comedy, Broadway musicals, musical theater, show tunes, theater

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