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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 Structure of Twenties Operetta

The Structure of Twenties Operetta

(p.120) Chapter 9 The Structure of Twenties Operetta
Anything Goes

Ethan Mordden

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the operettas of the 1920s. Twenties operettas were not musical comedies with grander music but were musical plays, with all the comedy limited to a subsidiary character or two. The discussion includes the following musicals: Hammerstein's The Desert Song (1926), Rudolf Friml's The Vagabond King (1925), and Show Boat.

Keywords:   musical comedies, operetta, musical theater, musical plays, The Desert Song, The Vagabond King, Show Boat

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