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Pick Yourself UpDorothy Fields and the American Musical$
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Charlotte Greenspan

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195111101

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195111101.001.0001

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The World of Her Father

The World of Her Father

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(p.1) 1 The World of Her Father
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Pick Yourself Up
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Charlotte Greenspan

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195111101.003.0001

This chapter focuses on the show business career of Dorothy's father Lew Fields. Fields and childhood friend Joe Weber first developed was a patchwork of entertaining bits—songs, dances, and humor, both verbal and physical. For five years, until 1889, they moved around the country as members of assorted traveling variety shows. In 1890, when they were twenty-three, Weber and Fields felt ready to produce and manage their own traveling show. By May 1896, Weber and Fields were playing at the Olympia Theater on Broadway between Forty-fourth and Forty-fifth Streets. Their success was a reaffirmation of the belief that the team could entertain audiences not only on the Lower East Side where they had spent their childhood or touring across the nation where they had spent much of their adolescence, but also on Broadway.

Keywords:   Broadway, Lew Fields, Joe Weber, traveling variety shows, Olympia Theater

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