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Agnes de MilleTelling Stories in Broadway Dance$
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Kara Anne Gardner

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199733682

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199733682.001.0001

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De Mille’s Broadway Decline and Her Activist Legacy

De Mille’s Broadway Decline and Her Activist Legacy

(p.169) 8 De Mille’s Broadway Decline and Her Activist Legacy
Agnes de Mille

Kara Anne Gardner

Oxford University Press

The concluding chapter discusses de Mille’s Broadway career after the 1940s. Although she continued to work on Broadway through 1969, her work never again achieved the level of success she attained in Oklahoma!, Carousel, and Brigadoon. She developed a reputation for being a difficult collaborator, which was grounded on past behavior but may also have been influenced by her gender. Rodgers and Hammerstein put less emphasis on dance in South Pacific, the musical that followed Allegro, and did not hire de Mille again. Other choreographers, including Jerome Robbins and Bob Fosse, surpassed her in prominence. Their stylistic innovations made her work seem dated.Despite this, she produced several works that were either financially lucrative or important for her legacy, including Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Paint Your Wagon, and Kwamina. She also became an activist, serving as one of the founders of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, still in existence today.

Keywords:   Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein, Joshua Logan, South Pacific, Jerome Robbins, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Kwamina, Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick Loewe, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC)

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