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Marc BlitzsteinHis Life, His Work, His World$
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Howard Pollack

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199791590

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199791590.001.0001

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Juno (1957–1959)

Juno (1957–1959)

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Marc Blitzstein

Howard Pollack

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses Blitzstein’s testimony before an executive session held by the House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1958, and his last completed dramatic work, Juno, a musical adaptation of Sean O’Casey’s Juno and the Paycock undertaken with Joseph Stein. Starring Shirley Booth and Melvyn Douglas, with choreography by Agnes de Mille, the show had a stormy tryout period in Washington and Boston, before arriving on Broadway, where it played for only sixteen performances. The chapter concludes with a consideration of subsequent revivals and adaptations of the show.

Keywords:   House Committee on Un-American Activities, Juno, Sean O’Casey, Juno and the Paycock, Joseph Stein, Shirley Booth, Melvyn Douglas, Agnes de Mille

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