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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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Tip-Toes and Song of the Flame (1925)

Tip-Toes and Song of the Flame (1925)

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(p.359) Chapter Nineteen Tip-Toes and Song of the Flame (1925)
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George Gershwin
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Howard Pollack

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520248649.003.0019

In the fall of 1925, the Gershwin brothers, bookwriters Fred Thompson and Guy Bolton, and producers Aarons and Freedley launched a new musical, Tip-Toes, which was designed especially for Queenie Smith. Tip-Toes would represent the pinnacle of Smith's stage career, though she subsequently enjoyed some success in Hollywood. As a romantic farce about lovers who have to overcome differences in social status, it echoed a number of previous Gershwin musicals, and also brought Ira his first major recognition. While working on Tip-Toes, Gershwin also collaborated with composer Herbert Stothart and bookwriter-lyricists Oscar Hammerstein and Otto Harbach on an operetta, Song of the Flame. Set against the background of the Russian revolution and its aftermath, Song of the Flame features a large cast of principals divided more or less into serious and comic characters.

Keywords:   Tip-Toes, Queenie Smith, Gershwin musicals, Alex Aarons, Ira Gershwin, Herbert Stothart, Russian revolution

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