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Bernstein Meets Broadway: Collaborative Art in a Time of War

Carol Oja


This book constructs a wide-ranging cultural history to explore the earliest stage works of Leonard Bernstein, written during World War II: the Broadway musical On the Town, the ballet Fancy Free, and a nightclub comedy act called The Revuers. Bernstein and his collaborators—including the choreographer Jerome Robbins and the writing team of Betty Comden and Adolph Green—crossed artistic, political, ethnic, and racial boundaries with abandon. With the zeal of youth, these emerging artists infused their work with progressive political ideals. On the Town focused on sailors enjoying a day of shor ... More

Keywords: Broadway musicals, World War II, American ballet, racial desegregation, Leonard Bernstein, Jerome Robbins, Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Sono Osato, The Revuers, On the Town, Fancy Free

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199862092
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199862092.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carol Oja, author
Harvard University