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George GershwinHis Life and Work$
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Howard Pollack

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780520248649

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520248649.001.0001

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The Scandals of 1924, Primrose, and Lady, Be Good! (1924)

The Scandals of 1924, Primrose, and Lady, Be Good! (1924)

(p.316) Chapter Seventeen The Scandals of 1924, Primrose, and Lady, Be Good! (1924)
George Gershwin

Howard Pollack

University of California Press

The Scandals of 1924 was Gershwin's last Broadway revue. The score displayed, essentially for the final time, Gershwin's skillful handling of revue demands, from the various Arabian, Chinese, Spanish, and African production numbers to the satiric ribaldry of “Somebody Loves Me” and the chorus-girl promenading of “I Need a Garden.” An exercise in the carnivalesque, Primrose unfolds against a background of communal merriment and, like many contemporaneous American musicals, manifested some anxiety about the modern woman and her “newfangled” ways. The show Lady, Be Good! proved not only Gershwin's first big musical-comedy hit, but also one of the quintessential American theatrical works of the 1920s.

Keywords:   Scandals of 1924, George Gershwin, Broadway revue, Somebody Loves Me, American musical, musical comedy

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