Ziegfeld and His FolliesA Biography of Broadway's Greatest Producer

Ziegfeld and His FolliesA Biography of Broadway's Greatest Producer

Cynthia Brideson and Sara Brideson

Print publication date: 2016

ISBN: 9780813160887

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

Abstract

Whatever audiences craved, whether it was gorgeous girls, catchy tunes, the latest dance craze, or zany humor, the Ziegfeld Follies gave it to them. The producer of the Follies, Florenz Ziegfeld Jr., apparently had a tin ear for music, yet his revues and his book musicals (Show Boat and Sally) introduced many of the greatest standards in the American songbook from the 1900s to the early 1930s. But who was Florenz Ziegfeld Jr., the mind behind the most celebrated revues and musicals of the twentieth century? Biographers, family members, and colleagues have written exhaustively about Ziegfeld—as an institution, that is. Ziegfeld and His Follies: A Biography of Broadway’s Greatest Producer examines not only Ziegfeld’s productions but also his personal follies. This definitive history of Ziegfeld and his work sheds light on the man behind the institution.