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The Ballad of John LatoucheAn American Lyricist's Life and Work$
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Howard Pollack

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190458294

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190458294.001.0001

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The Ballad of John Latouche

Howard Pollack

Oxford University Press

After dropping out of Columbia, Latouche attempted to make his career on Broadway. One very early effort included contributions to the satire The Murder in the Old Red Barn. He also worked for a while as a press agent for the Ballet Russes de Monte Carlo. His work on Erika Mann’s Pepper Mill, which included adapting German texts and appearing on stage, marked his growing involvement with the refugee community. His transgressive cabaret songs established a following, but his first big break came with interpolations in the labor musical Pins and Needles.

Keywords:   Vernon Duke, Erika Mann, Pepper Mill, antifascism, Federal Theatre Project, New York cabaret, gay New York, Pins and Needles, Spivy LeVoe, Hope Emerson

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