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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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On Your Toes and Pal Joey: Dance Gets into the Act and “Sweet Water from a Foul Well”

On Your Toes and Pal Joey: Dance Gets into the Act and “Sweet Water from a Foul Well”

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(p.85) Chapter Five On Your Toes and Pal Joey: Dance Gets into the Act and “Sweet Water from a Foul Well”
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Enchanted Evenings
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Geoffrey Block

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167306.003.0005

The genesis of On Your Toes can be traced to the Hollywood years, when Rodgers and Hart conceived the idea of a movie musical about a vaudeville hoofer (to be played by Fred Astaire) who becomes involved with a Russian ballet company. Astaire, then busy with his series of films with Ginger Rogers, declined the role and Hollywood rejected their scenario. Soon, however, Broadway bought the idea as a vehicle for a new dancing sensation, Ray Bolger. The musical Pal Joey was based on John OʼHara's collection of stories in epistolary form, can be traced to 1938 when a single OʼHara short story, “Pal Joey,” was published in the New Yorker. The revivals of the two musicals are discussed.

Keywords:   Broadway musicals, musical theater, Ginger Rodgers, Hart, Ray Bolger

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