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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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The Variety Show

The Variety Show

(p.98) Chapter 7 The Variety Show
Anything Goes

Ethan Mordden

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the demise of the revue. The revue was once as solid a genre as any other. It had one outstanding decade, the 1920s; remained imposing in the 1930s and 1940s; and became endangered in the 1950s, when television appropriated its mixed-grill format of song, dance, and sketch comedy. By the 1960s, variety revue was all but dead. The revue became established when Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. unveiled Follies of 1907, the first in a line that would last almost annually through 1931. After Ziegfeld's death, in 1932, others took over the brand, the last so-called Follies playing Broadway as late as 1957.

Keywords:   musicals, musical theater, revue, Florenz Ziegfeld Jr, Follies

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