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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

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

Ethan Mordden

Oxford University Press

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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