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When Broadway Went to Hollywood

Ethan Mordden


As historians have begun to consider the movie musical along with the stage musical, this book explores just how influential such writers as Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, and Stephen Sondheim have been when they moved from Broadway to Hollywood. Are the welcomed? Do they get to experiment, using the freedom of the camera to expand the very geography of song? Or do movie producers resent that New York sophistication? Broadway excels in the bittersweet “Send in the Clowns.” But Hollywood wants it simple: “White Christmas.” This text tantalizes with anecdotes ... More

Keywords: Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, Stephen Sondheim, song, Hollywood, Broadway

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780199395408
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199395408.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ethan Mordden, author
Freelance writer, Freelance writer