Everyhing, All at Once, Part 2: Pop Songs and the Annual Revue

Pop Song History

During the 1910s and 1920s, an iconic form of American stage entertainment, the spectacular stage revue enjoyed impressive growth of popularity on Broadway. A marker of the bustling theatre industry following the First World war, revues with lavish sets, dancing girls, nudity and comedy, by 1919, had earned annual places on the theatre stage with shows like Ziegfeld’s Follies, The Passing Show, The Greenwich Village Follies, and George White’s Scandals, just to name a few titles. Many of these revue productions have become the material of Broadway legend, but often forgotten are the pop songs which came from each of these shows. An amusing genre of theatre, the revue, a genre whose sole raison d’être ensures that the audience have “a rousing good time,”[1] had the latest fashionable songs and the trends of the era’s popular music became an indispensable source of inspiration for these…

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