Pick Yourself Up: Dorothy Fields and the American Musical

Pick Yourself Up: Dorothy Fields and the American Musical

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Famed lyricist Dorothy Fields penned the words to more than four hundred songs, among them mega-hits such as qOn the Sunny Side of the Street, q qI Can't Give You Anything But Love, q and qThe Way You Look Tonight.q In Pick Yourself Up, Charlotte Greenspan offers the most complete treatment of Fields's life and work to date, tracing her rise to prominence in a male-dominated world. Born in 1904 into a show business family--her father, Lou Fields, was a famed stage comedian turned Broadway producer--Fields first teamed with songwriter Jimmy McHugh in the late 1920s and went on to a series of Hollywood collaborations with Jerome Kern, including the Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers classic Swing Time. With her brother Herbert, she co-authored the books for several of Cole Porter's shows and for Irving Berlin's classic Annie Get Your Gun. Fields's lyrics--colloquial, urbane, sometimes slangy, sometimes sensuous--won her high praise from later generations of songwriters including Stephen Sondheim, and her stellar career opened a path for other women in her profession, among them Betty Comden and Dory Previn.11 His first theatrical hit was The Hot Mikado ( ), a retelling of the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta with an African American cast. ... was Herbert Fields, who wrote or co-wrote seven Porter scripts and who, in the s, first edged musical-comedy librettos into the racy. ... Together they sang the closing duet of the show, a€œBy the Mississinewah, a€ which convulsed and delighted audience and critics alike.

Title:Pick Yourself Up: Dorothy Fields and the American Musical
Author:Charlotte Greenspan
Publisher:Oxford University Press - 2010-07-27


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