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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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Little Boy Blue

Little Boy Blue

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Ziegfeld and His Follies

Cynthia Brideson

Sara Brideson

University Press of Kentucky

Ziegfeld’s pessimistic mood changes when he and Eddie Cantor reunite after years of estrangement and Ziegfeld produces Kid Boots, with Cantor as the star. Even more than Sally, the success of Kid Boots proves that Ziegfeld can keep up with changing audience tastes in the 1920s. Next, the narrative returns to Ziegfeld’s marital difficulties. To prove his devotion to his wife, Ziegfeld decides to find a book musical for Burke. Annie Dear, in which the middle-aged Burke plays a young girl, is only a minor success. This chapter parallels Burke’s faltering career with Marilyn Miller’s. Now under Charles Dillingham’s management, Miller stars as Peter Pan. The failures of Annie Dear and Peter Pan have to do with the waning popularity of fantasy-themed shows. A new show by George Gershwin, Lady Be Good, signifies a shift toward jazz-inspired musicals. The chapter concludes with Ziegfeld seeking escape from his fear that, despite the success of Kid Boots, he will never produce another hit.

Keywords:   Eddie Cantor, Mary Eaton, William Anthony McGuire, Kid Boots, Clare Kummer, Annie Dear, Peter Pan, Lady Be Good

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