This introductory chapter provides an overview of the book's main themes. This book is about the work of primarily Broadway-identified songwriters in Hollywood. It follows the adventures of such figures as Jerome Kern, George and Ira Gershwin, Frank Loesser, and Jerry Herman when they trade in Broadway for Hollywood. It asks: What happens when writers used to the business of Broadway run into the very different business of Hollywood? Did the movies give theatre writers a chance to expand their art? Did Broadway influence Hollywood, or vice versa? The chapter concludes with a brief outline of the history of the Hollywood musical.
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