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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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Ziegfeld and His Follies

Cynthia Brideson

Sara Brideson

University Press of Kentucky

Critics complain that Ziegfeld has begun to imitate himself in his shows, and this chapter tells how he pulls the Follies out of their rut. He joins the rooftop entertainment craze by transforming the New Amsterdam roof into a top-notch venue for an offshoot of the Follies, the Midnight Frolic. Ziegfeld employs Viennese designer and architect Joseph Urban to design the rooftop, beginning a long association; he hires Lucile Duff Gordon to design the costumes. Ziegfeld enlivens the Follies when he hires cowboy philosopher Will Rogers to perform his lariat act. The first bump in the Ziegfelds’ marriage occurs when Burke learns of Ziegfeld’s infatuation with a new showgirl, Olive Thomas. But Burke becomes his sole focus when he learns he is about to be a father. Ziegfeld plans his next two shows—the Ziegfeld Follies of 1916 and his first non-Follies musical since his union with Held, The Century Girl—to be celebrations of his child.

Keywords:   Joseph Urban, Lucile Duff Gordon, Dolores, New Amsterdam Roof, Midnight Frolic, Olive Thomas, Will Rogers

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