When Broadway Went to Hollywood

When Broadway Went to Hollywood

The first book to tell the story of how Broadway affected the Hollywood musical, When Broadway Goes to Hollywood is sure to thrill theatre buffs and movie lovers alike.

Author: Ethan Mordden

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199395422

Category: Music

Page: 304

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When films like The Jazz Singer started to integrate synchronized music, in the late 1920s many ambitious songwriting pioneers of the Great White Way - George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers, and Lorenz Hart, among many others - were enticed westward by Hollywood studios' promises of national exposure and top dollar success. But what happened when writers native to the business of Broadway ran into the very different business of Hollywood? Their movies had their producer despots, their stacking of writing teams on a single project, their use of five or six songs per story where Broadway fit in a dozen, and it seemed as if everyone in Hollywood was uncomfortable with characters bursting into song on the street, in your living room, or in "a cottage small by a waterfall." Did the movies give theater writers a chance to expand their art, or did mass marketing ruin the musical's quintessential charm? Is it possible to trace the history of the musical through both stage and screen manifestations, or did Broadway and Hollywood give rise to two wholly irreconcilable art forms? And, finally, did any New York writer or writing team create a film musical as enthralling and timeless as their work for the stage? In When Broadway Went to Hollywood, writer and celebrated steward of musical theatre Ethan Mordden directs his unmistakable wit and whimsy to these challenging questions and more, charting the volatile and galvanizing influence of Broadway on Hollywood (and vice versa) throughout the twentieth century. Along the way, he takes us behind the scenes of the great Hollywood musicals you've seen and loved (The Wizard of Oz, Gigi, The Sound of Music, Chicago, West Side Story, The Music Man, Grease) as well as some of the outrageous flops you probably haven't. The first book to tell the story of how Broadway affected the Hollywood musical, When Broadway Goes to Hollywood is sure to thrill theatre buffs and movie lovers alike.
Categories: Music

The Oxford Handbook of Musical Theatre Screen Adaptations

The Oxford Handbook of Musical Theatre Screen Adaptations

Mordden, who thinks 'the moment is quite thrilling,' notes that the film reproduces
the Broadway staging of this number. See Mordden, When Broadway Went to
Hollywood, 218. See Mordden, When Broadway Went to Hollywood, 227–228.

Author: Dominic McHugh

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190051549

Category: Music

Page: 624

View: 405

Hollywood's conversion to sound in the 1920s created an early peak in the film musical, following the immense success of The Jazz Singer. The opportunity to synchronize moving pictures with a soundtrack suited the musical in particular, since the heightened experience of song and dance drew attention to the novelty of the technological development. Until the near-collapse of the genre in the 1960s, the film musical enjoyed around thirty years of development, as landmarks such as The Wizard of Oz, Meet Me in St Louis, Singin' in the Rain, and Gigi showed the exciting possibilities of putting musicals on the silver screen. The Oxford Handbook of Musical Theatre Screen Adaptations traces how the genre of the stage-to-screen musical has evolved, starting with screen adaptations of operettas such as The Desert Song and Rio Rita, and looks at how the Hollywood studios in the 1930s exploited the publication of sheet music as part of their income. Numerous chapters examine specific screen adaptations in depth, including not only favorites such as Annie and Kiss Me, Kate but also some of the lesser-known titles like Li'l Abner and Roberta and problematic adaptations such as Carousel and Paint Your Wagon. Together, the chapters incite lively debates about the process of adapting Broadway for the big screen and provide models for future studies.
Categories: Music

From Broadway to Hollywood The Evolution of Sound in Film Musicals

From Broadway to Hollywood   The Evolution of Sound in Film Musicals

The unprecedented success story of the Californian film industry is a summary of work, imagination, hopes, and dreams of many talented and gifted human beings. The HOLLYWOOD sign atop of Mount Lee was erected in 1923.

Author: Christian Simon

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 9783638315920

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 18

View: 841

Seminar paper from the year 2004 in the subject American Studies - Culture and Applied Geography, grade: 1,7 (A-), LMU Munich, 20 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: “Everybody comes to Hollywood; they wanna make it in the neighborhood. They like the smell of it in Hollywood (...)”, lines of a famous Madonna song from last year. Hollywood, the purpose-built dream factory at the West Coast of the United States and the filmic center of the world produces countless films and movies every year. The unprecedented success story of the Californian film industry is a summary of work, imagination, hopes, and dreams of many talented and gifted human beings. The HOLLYWOOD sign atop of Mount Lee was erected in 1923. Originally, it read HOLLYWOODLAND and intended to draw attention to new housing developments in the nearby Hollywood Hills. Nowadays, the sign symbols the world’s gateway for fantasies and dreams. In the United States, the film industry started to emerge in New York City and was later joined by steadily growing and stronger forces in California. Over time, the center of the industry moved across the country and set foot in Los Angeles. Films started out with static, silent pictures and without sound. In 1928, sound was added to movies for the very first time, in that way giving birth to the film musical. Film musicals further encouraged fantasies and became one of the industry’s largest and most successful genres at the beginning of a new era. In the following paragraphs, I want to explain the formation of the talkies by means of one of its most successful divisions – the film musical. Altogether, when things happened, where, why, and in which order is not clearly recognizable any more. For these causes, I want to develop a strongly intertwined scheme of a cycle of histories as well as analyzing sociological, political, technological, ideological and other relevant factors of the time to describe the evolution and outstanding success of the Hollywood musical. First, technical advancements at the beginning of the last century and the birth of Hollywood have to be given a close look to examine the entertainment industry which grew rapidly around and after the turn from the 19th to the 20th century. The reason for this shift towards more time for leisure activities went hand in hand with the fewer hours workers had to spend for their duties, tasks and responsibilities. Originally intended to save labor capacity, industrial innovations like the assembly line and other new, time-saving technologies passed their ways through in the employment market. [...]
Categories: Literary Collections

Upstaged

Upstaged

As far as stars go, it's long been the case that actors make their names in the
theatre and then immediately leave and go to Hollywood. Clark Gable was in
Machinal on Broadway in the late '20s; Jack Barrymore went to Hollywood after
his ...

Author: Anne Nicholson Weber

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780878301867

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 177

View: 166

During the so-called "Age of Melancholy," many writers invoked both traditional and new conceptualizations of the disease in order to account for various types of social turbulence, ranging from discontent and factionalism to civil war. Writing about melancholy became a way to explore both the causes and preventions of political disorder, on both specific and abstract levels. Thus, at one and the same moment, a writer could write about melancholy to discuss specific and ongoing political crises and to explore more generally the principles which generate political conflicts in the first place. In the course of developing a traditional discourse of melancholy of its own, English writers appropriated representations of the disease - often ineffectively - in order to account for the political turbulence during the civil war and Interregnum periods.
Categories: Performing Arts

When Warners Brought Broadway to Hollywood 1923 1939

When Warners Brought Broadway to Hollywood  1923 1939

Studio-era Warner Bros. has been distinguished from its Hollywood rivals by
stressing its working-class credentials, ... The very best in Broadway talent was
recruited to entice middleclass patrons, notably John Barrymore and George
Arliss.

Author: Martin Shingler

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137406583

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 237

View: 551

This book offers a different take on the early history of Warner Bros., the studio renowned for introducing talking pictures and developing the gangster film and backstage musical comedy. The focus here is on the studio’s sustained commitment to produce films based on stage plays. This led to the creation of a stock company of talented actors, to the introduction of sound cinema, to the recruitment of leading Broadway stars such as John Barrymore and George Arliss and to films as diverse as The Gold Diggers (1923), The Marriage Circle (1924), Beau Brummel (1924), Disraeli (1929), Lilly Turner (1933), The Petrified Forest (1936) and The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939). Even the most crippling effects of the Depression in 1933 did not prevent Warners’ production of films based on stage plays, many being transformed into star vehicles for the likes of Ruth Chatterton, Leslie Howard and Bette Davis.
Categories: Performing Arts

Through the Screen Door

Through the Screen Door

What Happened to the Broadway Musical when it Went to Hollywood Thomas S.
Hischak ... treatment by Hollywood and were brought to the screen pretty much
intact, it was not uncommon to rewrite the Broadway libretto for the film version.

Author: Thomas S. Hischak

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 0810850184

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 311

View: 859

This book is about the transition that musicals went through when they traveled from the stage to the screen. While the approach is critical, the style is readable and yields fascinating knowledge on the many things that did and didn't happen as theatre and film have merged throughout the past century.Hischak'sanalysis covers productions from The Desert Song (1927), to Chicago (2002).
Categories: Performing Arts

Original Story by

Original Story by

The director, screenwriter, and playwright provides a look into his world, introducing the wide array of stars he has met over the years and revealing the hardship and joy that comes with a life in show business.

Author: Arthur Laurents

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 1557834679

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 436

View: 741

The director, screenwriter, and playwright provides a look into his world, introducing the wide array of stars he has met over the years and revealing the hardship and joy that comes with a life in show business.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Hollywood in Crisis

Hollywood in Crisis

Clifford Odets went to Hollywood in the mid1930s after the Broadway success of
his two radical plays Awake and Sing and Waiting for Lefty. Albert Maltz's bitter
drama Black Pit (an examination of the effects of a coal strike) and John Wexley's
 ...

Author: Colin Schindler

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134850464

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

View: 274

First published in 1996. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Categories: Social Science

Hollywood Left and Right

Hollywood Left and Right

There “was very little political consciousness in the twenties,” reflected Conrad
Nagel, a Broadway actor who came to ... Appointed treasurer of the Republican
National Committee for California, Mayer turned Hollywood into an important new
 ...

Author: Steven J. Ross

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199911431

Category: History

Page: 512

View: 370

In Hollywood Left and Right, Steven J. Ross tells a story that has escaped public attention: the emergence of Hollywood as a vital center of political life and the important role that movie stars have played in shaping the course of American politics. Ever since the film industry relocated to Hollywood early in the twentieth century, it has had an outsized influence on American politics. Through compelling larger-than-life figures in American cinema--Charlie Chaplin, Louis B. Mayer, Edward G. Robinson, George Murphy, Ronald Reagan, Harry Belafonte, Jane Fonda, Charlton Heston, Warren Beatty, and Arnold Schwarzenegger--Hollywood Left and Right reveals how the film industry's engagement in politics has been longer, deeper, and more varied than most people would imagine. As shown in alternating chapters, the Left and the Right each gained ascendancy in Tinseltown at different times. From Chaplin, whose movies almost always displayed his leftist convictions, to Schwarzenegger's nearly seamless transition from action blockbusters to the California governor's mansion, Steven J. Ross traces the intersection of Hollywood and political activism from the early twentieth century to the present. Hollywood Left and Right challenges the commonly held belief that Hollywood has always been a bastion of liberalism. The real story, as Ross shows in this passionate and entertaining work, is far more complicated. First, Hollywood has a longer history of conservatism than liberalism. Second, and most surprising, while the Hollywood Left was usually more vocal and visible, the Right had a greater impact on American political life, capturing a senate seat (Murphy), a governorship (Schwarzenegger), and the ultimate achievement, the Presidency (Reagan).
Categories: History

Cecil B DeMille s Hollywood

Cecil B  DeMille s Hollywood

The film was to have been the second Broadway Picture release . That same
year the California Motion Picture Corporation asked Frank Paret to negotiate for
film rights to the play with theatrical managers Klaw and Erlanger , who controlled
 ...

Author: Robert Birchard

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 0813123240

Category: History

Page: 430

View: 886

"Drawing extensively on DeMille's personal archives and other primary sources, Robert S. Birchard offers a revealing portrait of the film-maker that goes behind studio gates and beyond DeMille's legendary persona. Cecil B. DeMille's Hollywood is a detailed and definitive chronicle of cinematic work that changed the course of film history and a look at how movies were made during Hollywood's golden age."--BOOK JACKET.
Categories: History

Hollywood Red White Blue

Hollywood   Red  White   Blue

... Hollywood was very much the center of everything connected with the movies.
As far as entertainment went, the movies had a much wider national reach than
Broadway. Broadway shows did have touring companies that went to major cities
, ...

Author: Roy Schreiber

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 9781105172588

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 149

View: 102

Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Latino Image Makers in Hollywood

Latino Image Makers in Hollywood

MIRIAM COLÓN One of the most outstanding and durable Latina actresses of the
contemporary times has been the Puerto ... On Broadway, she went on to perform
in In the Summer House with Dame Judith Anderson, The Innkeepers with ...

Author: Frank Javier Garcia Berumen

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476614113

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 344

View: 657

Latinos have been part of the Hollywood film industry for more than 100 years, yet beyond the remarkable success of a few, their visibility and clout have generally not reflected their significance in American society. Worse, the Latino image has suffered from widespread stereotyping in film, and performers face unjustified constraints in the kinds of roles available to them. Decade by decade from 1960 onward, this book analyzes important films made by or about Latinos, details the careers of Latino performers and filmmakers of the time, and analyzes how film portrayals of Latino characters and subjects connect with political and social trends of each decade. It discusses the role of gender, social class, and ethnicity in film portrayals and provides an overview of the diverse and dynamic Latino community in the United States, while celebrating a substantial and enduring contribution to Hollywood film history.
Categories: Performing Arts

The Songs of Hollywood

The Songs of Hollywood

written for Hollywood movies have always had to play second fiddle to those from
Broadway musicals. ... Still, Harburg went on to say that “for a while, especially
during the Astaire-Rogers era, Hollywood was turning out some great songs.

Author: Philip Furia

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199792665

Category: Music

Page: 280

View: 831

From "Over the Rainbow" to "Moon River" and from Al Jolson to Barbra Streisand, The Songs of Hollywood traces the fascinating history of song in film, both in musicals and in dramatic movies such as High Noon. Extremely well-illustrated with 200 film stills, this delightful book sheds much light on some of Hollywood's best known and loved repertoire, explaining how the film industry made certain songs memorable, and highlighting important moments of film history along the way. The book focuses on how the songs were presented in the movies, from early talkies where actors portrayed singers "performing" the songs, to the Golden Age in which characters burst into expressive, integral song--not as a "performance" but as a spontaneous outpouring of feeling. The book looks at song presentation in 1930s classics with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers and in 1940s gems with Judy Garland and Gene Kelly. The authors also look at the decline of the genre since 1960, when most original musicals were replaced by film versions of Broadway hits such as My Fair Lady.
Categories: Music

Hollywood Musicals Year by Year

Hollywood Musicals Year by Year

... The Broadway Melody was the progenitor of the rash of backstage sagas that
have long been so much a part of Hollywood's musical output. Though originally
conceived as a part-sound, part-silent production, after viewing some early sound
 ...

Author: Stanley Green

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 0634007653

Category: Music

Page: 392

View: 696

A chronologically arranged reference book on the Hollywood musical, with each entry including pertinent facts about a film and a brief essay about the plot and production. Includes hundreds of black & white stills.
Categories: Music

The Oxford Companion to the American Musical

The Oxford Companion to the American Musical

Aarons left the theatre in the Depression and went to Hollywood but found little
success. He served as a production assistant on BROADWAY MELODY OF 1936
(1935) and was consultant on the Gershwin biomusical RHAPSODY IN BLUE ...

Author: Thomas S. Hischak

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195335330

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 923

View: 322

A reference that covers American stage, film, and television musicals from 1860 to 2007 offers information on the musical productions and the historical evolution of the musical, as well as on performers, composers, and producers.
Categories: Performing Arts

Hollywood s Tennessee

Hollywood s Tennessee

Broadway,. and. Hollywood. Challenging the Existing Theatre While the
Broadway theatre has witnessed the ... Odets, Somerset Maugham, Neil Simon,
and many others may have captivated play-going audiences for a few years, but
Williams, ...

Author: R. Barton Palmer

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 9780292719217

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 353

View: 700

No American dramatist has had more plays adapted than Tennessee Williams, and few modern dramatists have witnessed as much controversy during the adaptation process. His Hollywood legacy, captured in such screen adaptations as A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and Suddenly, Last Summer, reflects the sea change in American culture in the mid-twentieth century. Placing this body of work within relevant contexts ranging from gender and sexuality to censorship, modernism, art cinema, and the Southern Renaissance, Hollywood's Tennessee draws on rarely examined archival research to recast Williams's significance. Providing not only cultural context, the authors also bring to light the details of the arduous screenwriting process Williams experienced, with special emphasis on the Production Code Administration--the powerful censorship office that drew high-profile criticism during the 1950s--and Williams's innovative efforts to bend the code. Going well beyond the scripts themselves, Hollywood's Tennessee showcases findings culled from poster and billboard art, pressbooks, and other production and advertising material. The result is a sweeping account of how Williams's adapted plays were crafted, marketed, and received, as well as the lasting implications of this history for commercial filmmakers and their audiences.
Categories: Performing Arts

Hollywood Myths

Hollywood Myths

Bogart spent the early 1930s shuttling back and forth between Hollywood and
Broadway. ... When the latter two actors turned down the lead in a gangster flick
called High Sierra (1941), Bogart got a rare shot at an A-level script (written by
his ...

Author: Joe Williams

Publisher: Voyageur Press

ISBN: 9781610586603

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 240

View: 697

Hollywood exists to create and sell myth. Often, however, the myths created on screen are secondary to the rumors, half-truths, and lies that circulate through studio back lots and the press. Discover the real stories behind Hollywood’s greatest myths, as veteran film critic and Hollywood reporter Joe Williams sorts fact from fiction and examines how these tales came to be and how they persisted. Did Thomas Edison really invent the motion picture? Why has Charlie Chaplin survived as the undisputed king of the silent era? What about Fatty Arbuckle and that ill-fated boys' weekend in San Francisco? Did Woody Allen really marry his adopted daughter? Was there actually a suicide on the set of The Wizard of Oz (or are any of the other countless rumors about that film true)? The tales featured in Hollywood Myths involve specific films, actors' private lives, the industry itself, and urban legends that have existed as long as Hollywood has. Throughout, Williams illuminates what it was that made the biggest stars—from Marlon to Marilyn, Bogie to Brad—shine so brightly on the silver screen. In all, 56 enduring myths are examined, in the process revealing the machinations of myth-making in the fast, loose, and out-of-control world of Hollywood.
Categories: Performing Arts

Hollywood Surf and Beach Movies

Hollywood Surf and Beach Movies

The dark-haired beauty had been lunching with friends at the Paramount
commissary when Wallis noticed her. A singer and dancer, she ... Broadway
when she was o›ered the role of Southern-fried Sarah Lee, the mother of Elvis'
Chad Gates.

Author: Thomas Lisanti

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476601427

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 456

View: 516

Surfers loathed them, teenagers flocked to them, critics dismissed them, producers banked on them—surf and beach movies. For a short time in the 1960s they were extremely popular with younger audiences—mainly because of the shirtless surfer boys and bikini-clad beach girls, the musical performers, and the wild surfing footage. This lavishly illustrated filmography details 32 sizzling fun-in-the-sun teenage epics from Gidget to the Beach Party movies with Frankie and Annette to The Sweet Ride plus a few offshoots in the snow!) Entries include credits, plot synopses, memorable lines, reviews and awards, and commentary from such as Aron Kincaid of The Girls on the Beach, Susan Hart of The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini, Peter Brown of Ride the Wild Surf, Chris Noel of Beach Ball, and Ed Garner of Beach Blanket Bingo. Biographies of actors and leading actresses who made their marks in the genre are included.
Categories: Performing Arts

Hollywood Censored

Hollywood Censored

The nickelodeon had been replaced by massive picture palaces that seated
thousands. ... Roxy, first at New York's Regent Theatre and then on Broadway at
architect Thomas Lamb's dazzling 3,500-seat Strand, combined lush settings, full
 ...

Author: Gregory D. Black

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521565928

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 336

View: 614

Looks at the history of the production code, discusses the influence of the Legion of Decency, and considers specific films
Categories: Performing Arts

Hollywood s African American Films

Hollywood s African American Films

As this goal became clear, public interest in the plan to picket the Lafayette
waned. ... suspicion of a Jim Crow exhibition policy would best be tested by “go[
ing] to Broadway . . . and having secured evidence that segregation existed [
making] an ...

Author: Ryan Jay Friedman

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9780813550800

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 264

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In 1929 and 1930, during the Hollywood studios' conversion to synchronized-sound film production, white-controlled trade magazines and African American newspapers celebrated a "vogue" for "Negro films." "Hollywood's African American Films" argues that the movie business turned to black musical performance to both resolve technological and aesthetic problems introduced by the medium of "talking pictures" and, at the same time, to appeal to the white "Broadway" audience that patronized their most lucrative first-run theaters. Capitalizing on highbrow associations with white "slumming" in African American cabarets and on the cultural linkage between popular black musical styles and "natural" acoustics, studios produced a series of African American-cast and white-cast films featuring African American sequences. Ryan Jay Friedman asserts that these transitional films reflect contradictions within prevailing racial ideologies--arising most clearly in the movies' treatment of African American characters' decisions to migrate. Regardless of how the films represent these choices, they all prompt elaborate visual and narrative structures of containment that tend to highlight rather than suppress historical tensions surrounding African American social mobility, Jim Crow codes, and white exploitation of black labor.
Categories: Performing Arts