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Late 1940s Musicals

Late 1940s Musicals

Arlen, Harold. Come Rain or Come Shine. Words by Johnny Mercer.
St. Louis Woman
Cover illustration: R. Davison.
New York: A-M Music Corporation, 1946.
Sheet Music Collection

Porter, Cole. So In Love.
Kiss Me Kate
New York: T. B. Harms Company, 1948.
Sheet Music Collection

Berlin, Irving. Anything You Can Do.
Annie Get Your Gun
Cover illustration: Lucinda Ballard (costumer)
New York: Irving Berline Music Company, 1946.
Sheet Music Collection

Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer's St. Louis Woman, based on an Arna Bontemps
and Countee Cullen play was not successful as a musical, despite a wonderful score.
The composers had written extensively for African-American performers, and here
contributed Anyplace I Hang My Hat is Home, I Wonder What Became of Me, and
I Had Myself aa True Love.

Two venerable masters of the Broadway musical, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin,
wrote their best-known scores in this period. Porter's Kiss Me Kate had a more
tightly-constructed plot that was usual in his plays, and the roster of songs is among
his best, including Another Op'nin', Another Show, I Hate Men, Too Darn Hot, Were
Thine That Special Face, and Wunderbar. Berlin's Annie Get Your Gun, starring
the incomparable Ethel Merman, and with an excellent libretto contributed by
Dorothy and Herbert Fields, also included an astounding number of memorable
songs. These include Doin' What Comes Natur'lly, The Girl That I Marry, I got Lost
in His Arms, I got the Sun in the Morning, They Say It's Wonderful, You Can't Get a
Man With a Gun, and, of course, There's No Business Like Show Business.


Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Styne, Jule. Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend. Words by Leo Robin
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Cover illustration: Al Harschfeld
New York: J. J. Robbins & Sons, Inc., 1949
Sheet Music Collection

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Souvenir Program.
New York: K. L. Efron, [1949?]
Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays

The daffy Gentlemen Prefer Blondes was a perfect vehicle for star Carol Channing,
and gave her her signature tune Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend. Anita Loos,
author of the original book about the adventures of Lorelei Lee, collaborated with
Joseph Fields on the libretto.
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