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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

(p.27) 3 The Show Fixer

Jeffrey Spivak

University Press of Kentucky

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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