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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 Cant 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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This note was uploaded on 01/04/2010 for the course MUSL MUSL 147 taught by Professor Lovensheimer during the Fall '08 term at Vanderbilt.
- Fall '08