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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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Strike Up the Band and Funny Face (1927)

Strike Up the Band and Funny Face (1927)

(p.395) Chapter Twenty-One Strike Up the Band and Funny Face (1927)
George Gershwin

Howard Pollack

University of California Press

In 1927, George and Ira collaborated with producer Edgar Selwyn and playwright George S. Kaufman—two of Broadway's most eminent figures—on the musical comedy Strike Up the Band. It is surprising that the show proved, at least at first, to be one of Gershwin's biggest flops. For all its brilliance, the music tellingly lacked some of the vivacity and charm of Gershwin's best theater scores. Meanwhile, Funny Face premiered on Broadway on November 22, 1927, and, after six frantic weeks on the road, opened to surprisingly unanimous acclaim. During the Broadway run of Funny Face, the Astaires took some screen tests for Paramount Pictures, who considered adapting the show as a movie musical.

Keywords:   George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Edgar Selwyn, George S. Kaufman, musical comedy, Fred Astaire, Paramount Pictures

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