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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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Oh, Kay! and Other Works (1926)

Oh, Kay! and Other Works (1926)

(p.377) Chapter Twenty Oh, Kay! and Other Works (1926)
George Gershwin

Howard Pollack

University of California Press

In marked contrast to 1925, Gershwin produced only one major work in 1926, the musical comedy Oh, Kay!—though in the course of the year he also launched his Five Preludes for piano and wrote “That Lost Barber Shop Chord” for the show Americana. Oh, Kay! truly launched Gertrude Lawrence's career. The romantic comedy, though basically a farce, was also something of a satire, its main targets including Prohibition and American self-righteousness. Although it produced only one major hit song, “Someone to Watch Over Me,” the show itself proved more durable than most Gershwin musicals, with numerous stagings over the years.

Keywords:   George Gershwin, Five Preludes, Gertrude Lawrence, romantic comedy, Watch Over Me

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