By Carol J. Oja
When Leonard Bernstein first arrived in manhattan urban, he was once an unknown artist operating with different very good twentysomethings, particularly Jerome Robbins, Betty Comden, and Adolph eco-friendly. by way of the top of the Nineteen Forties, those artists have been global well-known. Their collaborations defied creative obstacles and subtly driven a revolutionary political time table, changing the panorama of musical theater, ballet, and nightclub comedy. In Bernstein Meets Broadway: Collaborative paintings in a Time of War, award-winning writer and pupil Carol J. Oja examines the early days of Bernstein's occupation in the course of global battle II, centering round the debut in 1944 of the Broadway musical On the Town and the ballet Fancy Free. As a composer and conductor, Bernstein skilled a meteoric upward push to reputation, thank you in no small half to his visionary colleagues. jointly, they keen on city modern existence and pop culture, that includes as heroes the itinerant sailors who bore the brunt of army carrier. They have been provocative either artistically and politically. In a time of race riots and jap internment camps, Bernstein and his collaborators featured African American performers and a jap American ballerina, staging a version of racial integration. instead of accepting conventional differences among low and high artwork, Bernstein's track used to be wide-open, encouraged through every thing from opera and jazz to cartoons. Oja shapes a wide-ranging cultural heritage that captures a tumultuous second in time. Bernstein Meets Broadway is an fundamental paintings for enthusiasts of Broadway musicals, dance, and American functionality history.
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