1. How did the wave of Immigrants coming into New York influence the kind of entertainment being created?
2. Discuss the importance of early comedians, such as Harrigan and Hart, and Weber and Fields on the way musicals developed.
3. Describe what Tin Pan Alley was, and its importance in the rise of musical theatre composers.
4. How did Irving Berlin get his start, and what made his work resonate so much with his audiences?
As a teenager Irving Berlin learned the value of hard work, he was a street sweeper and while he was sweeping he would sing songs for a few dollars. Later Berlin began working at a saloon where he continued to sing lyrics that had a variety of ethnic views. While working at the saloon Berlin was under the watch of a man named Mike, Berlin had one song that was published and he was asked to compose the lyrics to a song called Marie From Sunny Italy and that is when Berlin’s songwriting career began. Berlin’s work resonated with his audience because he took chances such endorsing ragtime music, which was considered scandalous during the time period. Through Berlins music the most important thing that he did was he turned misery into inspiration for his listeners.
5. Who was Florenz Ziegfeld, and what were the Follies? Discuss their …show more content…
Bert at first was a banjo player in saloons and the minstrel show. Bert then teamed up with George Walker and they instantly became a star in Broadway by entertaining white audiences with their trademark, which was known as black dancing. Later Williams and Walker split apart and Williams at first tried solo acts, but was unsuccessful until Ziegfeld took a chance on him and signed him to perform in the Follies where he had a variety of comic material. Williams became a star on the Follies and it was the first time a black entertainer performed as an equal with white