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We’ll Have ManhattanThe Early Work of Rodgers & Hart$
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Dominic Symonds

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199929481

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199929481.001.0001

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The Breakthrough in Revue

The Breakthrough in Revue

The Garrick Gaieties (1925, 1926) and Fifth Avenue Follies (1926)

(p.64) 2 The Breakthrough in Revue
We’ll Have Manhattan

Dominic Symonds

Oxford University Press

Rodgers and Hart’s first big break came from a junior wing of the Theatre Guild producing the Garrick Gaieties (1925). This offered the boys a chance to try writing for revue. This chapter considers three early revues, two installments of the Garrick Gaieties (1925 and 1926) and Billy Rose’s Fifth Avenue Follies (1926). In these shows they exercised their craft of songwriting and developed characteristic traits through songs like “Manhattan” and “Mountain Greenery;” but they also toyed with comic ideas to which they would later return, and extended mini-operetta sequences like the pastiche “Rose of Arizona,” whose intertextual borrowings show an impressive knowledge of Broadway repertoire. In extending their craft they moved toward their intention of creating a complete book musical for Broadway.

Keywords:   Garrick Gaieties, Fifth Avenue Follies, Theatre Guild, revue, Manhattan, Mountain Greenery, Rose of Arizona

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