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Irving Berlin's American Musical Theater

Jeffrey Magee


“The mob is always right” was the idea that charged Irving Berlin’s career in American popular music. Taking off from that claim, this book represents a wide-ranging exploration of America’s greatest songwriter and his role in creating twentieth-century musical theater. Drawing on past scholarly efforts and a vast store of recently released archival material, the book strives to break new ground in focusing on Irving Berlin’s half-century of work for the Broadway stage—a career that tracks the development of American musical theater itself. The book traces a fundamental paradigm shift from ear ... More

Keywords: Irving Berlin, American musical theater, American popular music, Broadway, revue, entertainment, musical comedy, songs, popular culture, immigrant, American dream

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780195398267
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195398267.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrey Magee, author
University of Illinois School of Music