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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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Rosalie and Treasure Girl (1928)

Rosalie and Treasure Girl (1928)

(p.417) Chapter Twenty-Two Rosalie and Treasure Girl (1928)
George Gershwin

Howard Pollack

University of California Press

Less than two months after Funny Face debuted in New York, producer Florenz Ziegfeld launched a new show, Rosalie, with music by Gershwin and Sigmund Romberg, and lyrics by Ira and P. G. Wodehouse. The critics loved the piece, and Rosalie enjoyed a highly successful Boston run for two and a half weeks. Romberg's choruses accordingly received their due, but Gershwin's music earned the lion's share of praise. As a stage work, Rosalie remained for some decades a staple among provincial theaters specializing in operetta. The Aarons and Vinton Freedley followed Oh, Kay! with another Gershwin brothers' show for Gertrude Lawrence, Treasure Girl. However, the reviews were dismal.

Keywords:   Florenz Ziegfeld, George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Sigmund Romberg, operetta, Gertrude Lawrence, Vinton Freedley

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