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Musical Theatre in NYC: c. 1940- c. 1950

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Musical Theatre in NYC
c. 1940-c. 1950

The Golden Age of Musical Theatre Begins (1943)
Rodgers and Hart in the 1940s
Celtic Creations in 1947
Irving Berlin in the 1940s
Rodgers and Hammerstein in the 1940s
Cole Porter in the 1940s
Pal Joey
The Musical (1940)
I Could Write a Book
Bewitched, Bothered
and Bewildered
Pal Joey
John O'Hara's Short Stories
Joey, a night club emcee and singer/dancer, pursues two women at once (Linda and Vera). When he's found out, both women dump him.
Oklahoma! (1943)
Agnes DeMille, Choreographer
De Mille choreographed over a dozen musicals, most notably, Oklahoma (1943), Carousel (1945), Brigadoon (1947), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1949), Paint Your Wagon (1951), and 110 in the Shade (1963).
Rodgers and
Dream Ballet
Oh, What a
Beautiful Morning
The Surrey with a Fringe on Top
I Cain't Say No
Away We Go???
2,500% Return!!
Original Cast
Carousel (1945)
South Pacific (1949)
Some Enchanted
I'm in Love with
a Wonderful Guy
You've Got to
Be Carefully Taught
If I Loved You
This Is the Army (1942)
Annie Get Your Gun (1946)
Doin' What
Comes Naturally
There's No Business
Like Show Business
You Can't Get a Man With a Gun
Anything You Can Do
I Can Do Better
Before Oklahoma
Before Oklahoma
After Oklahoma
Finian's Rainbow (1947)
Brigadoon (1947)
The Schubert's Go Too Far
Book: Yip Harburg,
Fred Saidy
Music: Burton Lane
Lyrics: Yip Harburg
Book: Alan Jay Lerner
Music: Frederick Loewe
Lyrics: Alan Jay Lerner
The plot revolves around Finian McLonergan, who has emigrated from Ireland to the town of Rainbow Valley in the mythical state of Missitucky with his daughter Sharon, intent on burying a stolen pot of gold in the shadows of Fort Knox, in the belief it will grow and multiply. Hot on their heels is Og, a leprechaun intent on recovering his treasure, before the loss of it turns him permanently human. Complicating matters are a corrupt senator who makes no effort to conceal his racial bigotry. The senator gets a taste of his own hateful medicine. Through the magic of leprechaun gold, he is temporarily transformed into a black man. In the ultimate happy ending, Sharon marries the handsome, cocky young Woody Mahoney; and Woody's mute sister, "Susan the Silent", acquires the power of speech and falls in love with Og, who decides that being human is not so bad after all.
When I'm Not
Near the Girl I Love
Look to the Rainbow
Old Devil Moon
David Wayne wins the first Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical (as Og).
The story of two men who stumble into a village that magically reappears in the Scottish highlands for only one day every hundred years. Tommy falls in love with local girl, Fiona, and must decide by day’s end between returning to the modern world or forever becoming part of hers.
Choreography by
Agnes De Mille
Almost Like Being In Love
Kiss Me Kate (1948)
So In Love
Too Darn Hot
I Hate Men
Always True to You
First Tony Award for Best Musical
A divorced couple stars in a musical version of Shakepeare's Taming of the Shrew, their arguements behind the scenes echoing their colorful battles onstage.
Longest running Musical of Porter's career (1,077 performances).
Nellie, a nurse on a Pacific Island during WWII, falls in love with de Becque, a local planter. However, when she learns he is a widower with two half-caste children, she cannot accept the situation. Meanwhile, Cable falls in love with a Polynesian girl named Liat. Cable and de Bacque go off together on a spy mission and the two women wait in hope of their return.
Billy Bigelow, a traveling carnival man, and Julie Jordan, a local factory worker are going to have a child. Desperate for money, Billy attempts to rob a bank and is killed.
Annie Oakley and Frank Butler meet when she beats him in a sharpshooting contest at Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show and the two have to negotiate between their completive sides and their blossoming love for each other.
Another War Effort Revue
Fully integrated Musical Comedy
Choreography Leaps Forward
Agnes de Mille
Jerome Robbins and Leornard Bernstein break on the scene
On The Town
, 1944.
Breakthrough In Choreography of the 1940s
Oklahoma Dream Ballet
Carousel Waltz
Tony Award for Brigadoon in 1947

de Mille Interview on
Oklahoma Dream Ballet
New York, New York
I Can Cook Too
Act II Dream Ballet, with Megan Fairchild, a principal dancer with New York City Ballet.
Miss Turnstiles Ballet with Misty Copeland. First African American woman to be promoted to principal dancer in American Ballet Theatre's 75-year history.
1942 Rodeo
Music, Assron Copland
Choreography, Agnes de Mille
2014 Revival: Joshua Bergasse, Choreography.
Original Dream Ballet
1998 London Revival
Dream Ballet with New Music
Susan Strohman, Choreography
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