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Anything GoesA History of American Musical Theatre$
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Ethan Mordden

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199892839

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199892839.001.0001

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Dancing in the Dark

Dancing in the Dark

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(p.130) Chapter 10 Dancing in the Dark
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Anything Goes
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Ethan Mordden

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199892839.003.0010

This chapter focuses on the musicals of the 1930s. The musicals of this period focused on crazy fun, rather than sociopolitical considerations. It was a heyday of star comics, because their shtick never failed with their large lock audiences. One of the new 1930s comics was known primarily as a singer, though all her roles into the 1940s were written as a string of gags: Ethel Merman. Arguably the greatest star the musical ever had, Merman enjoyed its most momentous debut, in the Gershwins' Girl Crazy (1930).

Keywords:   musicals, musical comedies, musical theater, Ethel Merman, Girl Crazy

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