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Ziegfeld and His FolliesA Biography of Broadway's Greatest Producer$
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Cynthia Brideson and Sara Brideson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813160887

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813160887.001.0001

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The Ziegfelds’ Xanadu

The Ziegfelds’ Xanadu

(p.180) 10 The Ziegfelds’ Xanadu
Ziegfeld and His Follies

Cynthia Brideson

Sara Brideson

University Press of Kentucky

Ziegfeld and Burke join forces to make Burkeley Crest into their own fantasy world, which includes a menagerie of animals. Commentary from Patricia and local residents of Hastings-on-Hudson (the town in upstate New York where the Ziegfelds live) is included. The remaking of Burkeley Crest into a family home brings Burke and Ziegfeld closer together. The theater further bonds the couple, although the shows Ziegfeld produces to reintroduce Burke to Broadway prove to be flops. The chapter includes an in-depth discussion of the continual changes taking place on Broadway and the fresh musicians and writers who influence these changes, including P. G. Wodehouse, Guy Bolton, Jerome Kern, and George Gershwin. The Ziegfeld Follies of 1917 includes songs that increasingly suggest the archetypal independent and hedonistic woman of the Jazz Age. Burke alerts Ziegfeld to Marilyn Miller, a bright young dancer she spots in a Shubert show. Marilyn is the embodiment of the youth-centered 1920s.

Keywords:   Hastings-on-Hudson, Burkeley Crest, Jerome Kern, George Gershwin, Guy Bolton, P. G. Wodehouse, Marilyn Miller

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