Part IV. The Emergence of Broadway
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Part IV Emergence of Broadway Walter Winchell Theatre columnist in New York City coined a lot of famous terms describing Broadway The Big Apple is the most noteworthy 1927 was a giddy time on Broadway not only had Show Boat opened but that year 50 musicals opened on Broadway There was even a single night were 11 opened but two events were around the corner that would foreshadow tough times ahead The first blow came October 6 1927 with the premier of The Jazz Singer This was the first full length talking motion picture Motion pictures gradually became more and more a viable entertainment for mass audiences and also provided more financially rewarding careers for performers and writers The second event that would have a catastrophic effect on Broadway and the country was the 1929 Stock Market Crash and the following depression Broadway did not immediately undergo change In fact it went back to business as usual with titles such as Whoopie The late 20s and early to mid30s did bring about the arrival and celebration of lyricist as well as the composer Cole Porter The first show was 50 Million Frenchmen He wrote both music and lyrics but he was especially noted for his sophisticated urbane slightly dirty words You really had to listen to words to get the whole message Gay Divorce gave Fred Astaire his big hit Night and Day The Bandwagon showed that Revues were still a popular form of entertainment The early 30s brought George and Ira Gershwin some of the biggest successes Strike Up the Band satirical musical about war Of Thee I Sing political satire where the book was very important The book was so successful the musical became the first to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Drama Girl Crazy introduced Ethel Merman She had a brassy tough and belting voice This made her a star because her voice could reach audience members far away from the stage and her voice boomed over the orchestra below the stage A true Broadway star I Got Rhythm was her biggest hit During the depression the Broadway community needed work and audiences needed escape and entertainment has always provided an escapist outlet However Broadway at this time also started to re ect what was going on in the world and put some of the social significance onstage Brother Can You Spare A Dime Ethel Waters A successful singer and actress and was on of the highest paid black performers of her day She was noteworthy for refusing to appear on Minstrel type shows or play stereotyped black roles She is known for her song Stormy Weather Also the song Suppertime which is most known for having a shadowed figure of a lynched man hung behind her