Unformatted text preview: •The further Americanization of the musical stage took place in the early 20 th century. •George M. Cohan: American characters, vernacular language, popular songs about American, often hyper-patriotic, subjects. •Cohan wrote, directed, composed, and starred in his own shows. • Little Johnny Jones (1904); featured “The Yankee Doodle Boy” and “Give My Regards to Broadway.” Generally regarded as the first American musical comedy. •1927: Show Boat . Music by Jerome Kern (“Old Man River” and “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man of Mine” are perhaps the two most famous song from the show). Book (script) and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, who successfully blended elements of operetta and musical comedy into the first mature musical: dealt with racism, miscegenation, spousal desertion, and other topics never before dealt with in a musical....
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- Fall '08
- Musical theatre, Jerome Kern, Show Boat, early musical theater, •George M. Cohan