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The George Gershwin Reader$
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Robert Wyatt and John Andrew Johnson

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195327113

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327113.001.0001

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Robert Benchley: “Satire to Music” (1930)

Robert Benchley: “Satire to Music” (1930)

(p.137) 39 Robert Benchley: “Satire to Music” (1930)
The George Gershwin Reader

Robert Wyatt

John Andrew Johnson

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents the text of Robert Benchley's review of George Gershwin's Broadway musical Strike Up the Band, which was published in the January 25, 1930, issue of The New Yorker. Benchley suggests that the musical was about more than comical gags and nice music. He also notes that Ira Gershwin's lyrics was worthy of heavy conferences among the patriotic societies.

Keywords:   George Gershwin, Strike Up the Band, Robert Benchley, musical review, Ira Gershwin, satire

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