The Search for America's Soul: Theatre in the Jazz Age

  title={The Search for America's Soul: Theatre in the Jazz Age},
  author={David Savran},
  journal={Theatre Journal},
  pages={459 - 476}
  • D. Savran
  • Published 4 October 2006
  • Art
  • Theatre Journal
During the 1920s jazz was by far the most important and controversial form of cultural production in the United States. It was also decisive in separating an emergent literary theatre, which disdained jazz for its alleged social and moral depravity, and musical comedy and vaudeville, which not only embraced jazz but became crucial arenas for its development and dissemination. By analyzing early Gershwin musicals, this essay argues that musical comedy, by ingeniously mixing highbrow and lowbrow… 
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