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Enchanted EveningsThe Broadway Musical from Show Boat to Sondheim$
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Geoffrey Block

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195167306

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167306.001.0001

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Lady in the Dark and One Touch of Venus: The Broadway Stranger and His American Dreams

Lady in the Dark and One Touch of Venus: The Broadway Stranger and His American Dreams

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(p.133) Chapter Seven Lady in the Dark and One Touch of Venus: The Broadway Stranger and His American Dreams
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Enchanted Evenings
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Geoffrey Block

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167306.003.0007

Within a year after Kurt Weill (1900–50) immigrated to America his Johnny Johnson (1936) had appeared on Broadway. By the time he ended his brief but productive American career with Lost in the Stars (1949), the German refugee had managed to produce no less than eight shows in his adopted homeland, including two certifiable hits, Lady in the Dark (467 performances) and One Touch of Venus (567 performances). However, neither Lady in the Dark and One Touch of Venus has returned to the Broadway stage. It is indeed a peculiar legacy that Weill's popularly designed American works remain unrevived and perhaps unrevivable.

Keywords:   Broadway musicals, musical theater, Kurt Weill, Johnny Johnson

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