Frequent collaborators PG Wodehouse, Guy Bolton and Jerome Kern (Pic courtesy Broadway Scene)
— Here’s another ‘deleted scene’ from our last podcast, Episode #159 The Broadway Musical: Setting the Stage.
In this excerpt, I’m talking about the unique challenge that was faced by young songwriter Jerome Kern when he began working at the Princess Theatre in 1915. His early work was actually for the British stage — that’s how he met later collaborator P.G. Wodehouse — but he would find out that London audiences from the upper crust practices slightly different habits than their tony New York counterparts.
— This tidbit comes from one of America’s great theater historians — John Kenrick. I highly recommend exploring his richly researched website Musicals 101.
— Our discussion in this episode ends in 1927, but if you’d like to explore some later Broadway musical history, I recommend you check out this fun interactive website, courtesy the Marriott-Marquis in Times Square. It displays a selection of Broadway musical from 1937 until today. You can click into each other for more information.
— Our first new podcast of the year will be available on January 10!