ML1711.8 .N3 B762 2004 DVD Disc.2
Episode Three: I Got Plenty O' Nuttin' (1930-1942)
In the Depression, a musical theater dichotomy emerged: shows like Cole Porter's Anything Goes offered glamour as an escape, while others - like Of Thee I Sing and The Cradle Will Rock - dealt with the era's political concerns. Rodgers and Hart returned to New York to create new shows, stars like Ethel Merman and Ethel Waters became top box office draws, and George Gershwin created his epic folk opera, Porgy and Bess. The advent of World War II prompted Irving Berlin to write one of his biggest hits, This Is the Army.
Episode Four: Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin' (1943-1960)
Beginning with Oklahoma! in 1943, the partnership of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II set a new standard for storytelling on Broadway. With On the Town, Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, Adolph Green, and Jerome Robbins musicalized wartime New York, and Irving Berlin and Ethel Merman triumphed with Annie Get Your Gun, shows like Kiss Me, Kate, Guys and Dolls, and My Fair Lady offered sophisticated literary adaptions, and The Ed Sullivan Show brought a television spotlight to Broadway. With the death of Oscar Hammerstein II in in 1960 after The Sound of Music, the curtain lowered on a golden age.
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