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  • Cat Number: 978-0-19-512012-7
  • Barcode: 9780195120127

Drawing on sketches and drafts production scripts correspondence photographs costume and set designs newspaper clippings and interviews with original cast members Lady in the Dark: Biography of a Musical illuminates one of Broadway's most legendary but elusive musicals and provides cogent analyses of its life and times. Hardback

When Lady in the Dark opened on January 23 1941 its many firsts immediately distinguished it as a new and unusual work. The curious directive to playwright Moss Hart to complete a play about psychoanalysis came from his own Freudian psychiatrist. For the first time since his brother George's

death Ira Gershwin returned to writing lyrics for the theatre. And for emigre composer Kurt Weill it was a crack at an opulent first-class production. Together Hart Gershwin and Weill (with a little help from the psychiatrist) produced one of the most innovative works in Broadway history.

Though Lady in the Dark was a smash-hit it has never enjoyed a Broadway revival and a certain mystique has grown up around its legendary original production. In this ground-breaking biography bruce mcclung pieces together the musical's life story from sketches and drafts production scripts

correspondence photographs costume and set designs and thousands of clippings from the star's personal scrapbooks. He has interviewed eleven members of the original company to provide a one-of-a-kind glimpse into the backstage story.


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