re: Musicals about the roaring twenties

queenie2
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Musicals about the roaring twenties
Posted: 7/24/06 at 06:08am
Hi,

i am looking for all the musicals about the roaring twenties for a compilation concert. I already found the following musicals:

- the wild party
- thouroughly modern millie
- drowsey chaperone
- chicago

But I know there are more! Unknown musicals are more then welcome. I hope you can help me. Thanks!

Karina
millie_dillmount
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Isn't the Goodbye Girl one? I don't know anything about the show though, except I heard that it takes place in the 1920s. I'm particularly interested in musicals that take place in the 20s as well.
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Jon
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The Goodbye Girl takes place in the present.

You may be thinking of "The It Girl" or "The Girlfriend".

Also, "The Boyfriend" and "No No Nanette".
nobodyhome
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Apart from musicals written in the '20s that may nowadays seem to be commenting on the time period a bit (such as the already-mentioned No, No, Nanette), there are such later shows as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Billion Dollar Baby (Comden, Green, and Morton Gould), and flops like Jimmy, Legs Diamond and Nowhere to Go But Up.

Also, the second act of Fiorello! takes place in the '20s (during the mayoralty of Jimmy Walker, main character of Jimmy).
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Sugar (aka, Some Like It Hot)

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MasterLcZ
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"The Vamp", a forgotten Carol Channing flop of 1955, had a great premise (country hick Carol becomes a silent film superstar a la Theda Bara),and some top personell attached to it, but supposedly it was sunk by a really lousy book and score. Unfortunately, it was never officially recorded.

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cooperross
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'Sugar' takes place in 1929.
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nobodyhome
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Several songs from The Vamp can be heard on the recording of the Latouche revue Taking a Chance on Love.
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Singin' in the Rain
My One and Only

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Legs Diamond
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ncvalmont
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Great 20's musicals that weren't written in the 20's are The Boyfriend and its sequel Divorce Me Darling. I did the Boyfriend about 5 years ago and it is a a great show...thought the movie leaves something to be desired...unless your on acid!
ErinDillyFan
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How about:
A night at the Cotton Club
Showboat (I believe)
Floyd Collins
Gypsy (part of it takes place in the 20s I believe)
Mack & Mabel
Shuffle along
Mame
Jon
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Only the last scene of Showboat takes place in the 1920's. The story sarts in 1889 and goes through 1904, then skips ahead to 1926.

The first part of GYPSY is the 20's - when June and Louise are children. Buy the end of Act 1, it's 1931.

Mame starts in thr late 20's and ends in the 40's.

Mack & Mabel start in the late 19-teens and goes into the 20's.
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Grand Hotel
Cherubino
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Mack and Mabel doesn't go into the 20's all that much - if you're going by historical facts, anyhow. Keystone was started in 1912. Mabel left the studio in 1916. The WDT murder was in 1922. Then it seems to jump directly to 1930, Mabel's death.

I don't consider Mabel an actress of the 20's; the WDT murder was the beginning of the end of her career, although she certainly held on as long as she possibly could.

Don't mind me; I just love Mabel Normand and the silents.

I'm not exactly sure about "Nick & Nora," but it very well could've taken place in the 20's.
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Isabella2
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i think "annie" is set in the 20's, but then again why would you want to do annie?
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Annie's set during The Great Depression-30s.
BroadwayDreams2
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Theres a little known musical that my high school did a few years ago called Flapper. It's REALLY cheesy but cute anyway.
WildhornFanatic
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WAITING FOR THE MOON is set during the 1920s.
millie_dillmount
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Oops, yeah, I did mean The It Girl.
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TenThousandThings
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What about Me & My Girl?
DrunkyMcWasted
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I was about to say Me and My GIrl, but someone beat me too it.

A very cute musical. Insterestingly, it was also the first show performed in the Marquis theater after it reopened.
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alterego
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ME AND MY GIRL is set in the 1930's as is DIVORCE ME DARLING.
queenie2
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Thank you very much for your help!

Looking for musicals about "flappers" in particular.
Komponist
Swing
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Try the german musical "Emil and the detectives" (Emil und die Detektive) by Schubring and Adenberg. You can find soundfiles at amazon.de.
It's very roaring!