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BuzzThe Life and Art of Busby Berkeley$
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Jeffrey Spivak

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813126432

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813126432.001.0001

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The Show Fixer

The Show Fixer

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(p.27) 3 The Show Fixer
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Buzz
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Jeffrey Spivak

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813126432.003.0004

Buzz moved in with his mother and regaled her with military anecdotes. His successes with amateur theatrics fell on disapproving ears. Gertrude had hoped her soon-to-be-mustered-out son would find a job, any job, in any field except show business. On August 17, 1919, a week after Buzz had returned from France, a small headline in the New York Times read “A Soldier-Made Actor”. Though show business had captured Buzz, he had had his fill of the demands of a long-running road show. He wanted to direct. Buzz joined the Somerville Theater Stock Company in Somerville, Massachusetts, directing the musical farce Going Up. The play had been a big hit in New York and Chicago. He became a full-fledged director in Boston when the original director had to leave the show for a family emergency. Later, he married Esther Muir.

Keywords:   Buzz Berkeley, Gertrude Berkeley, Somerville, musical, Broadway, Esther Muir

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