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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

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

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199892839.003.0009

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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