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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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“It’s Delightful to Be Married”

“It’s Delightful to Be Married”

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Ziegfeld and His Follies

Cynthia Brideson

Sara Brideson

University Press of Kentucky

The chapter opens with Ziegfeld in talks with the Shubert brothers about a new show. He ultimately reneges on his agreement with them so he can produce a better vehicle, The Parisian Model, leading to a feud that lasts for years. The Parisian Model is Ziegfeld’s grandest production yet; chorus girls play a prominent part in the show, and they are costumed in the most beautiful gowns available. The image of beauty in America is changing, and Ziegfeld is ready to accept this change, even if it means that Held’s popularity will wane. Criticisms against Ziegfeld and his “vulgar show” only increase its popularity. This chapter puts Ziegfeld’s shows in historical context: Times Square is created, making Broadway the nexus of the theater world; new influences are entering Broadway, including European operettas and Yiddish theater. Held and Ziegfeld’s marriage hits a rough spot when she suspects him of stealing her jewels to fund his next show. Though exasperated with her husband and unsure whether to trust him, Held suggests a new show for him based on the Folies Bergère.

Keywords:   The Parisian Model, Shubert brothers, Folies Bergère

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