New York City 1919 Summary

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EPISODE 2 SYNCOPATED CITY 1919 – 1933 NEW YORK CITY = THE MECCA OF THE JAZZ AGE • THE 20’s are a decade of rapid change. • 1919-PROHIBITION begins • Prohibition was the 18th Amendment to the Constitution which outlawed making/selling/distribution alcoholic beverages. • The law was not enforced well. Since most everyone was still drinking, now everyone was breaking the law. • Classes and races mixed at the “speakeasies” (bars) where people could get alcohol. • WOMEN – rapid and drastic changes in hair and dress fashions, as well as freedoms. • JAZZ – the beat of the new age. • The shift in American sensibility (to jazz rhythms) became present in Broadway song. • Jazz-age…show more content…
He popularized Broadway slang by writing it in his column as well as radio broadcasts. “He wrote in a staccato style, turning the page into a stage.” • Richard Rogers and Larry Hart were big fans of Britain’s Gilbert and Sullivan – liked the way the words were clever and fit the music. They had a big hit in 1925 – “Manhattan”. • A Connecticut Yankee used American vernacular. • Good News – “Varsity Drag” by DiSilva, Brown & Henderson WHAT GOES UP MUST COME DOWN • 1927 is the height of Broadway. 8 new theaters; 250 shows per year; 50 of those are musicals. Over 20,000 attendees per year – more than double today’s audiences. • Suddenly, Broadway took a 1-2 punch. 1st came “talkies” – talking movie pictures that took away audiences. 2nd – the stock market crash on October 28, 1929. Ziegfeld lost $3,000,000. • After the crash it was hard to get financing in the New York theater. • Hollywood began adapting Broadway hits in a flimsy way. • The trickle leaving Broadway to head for California became a flood. • Interestingly, MOST of the subject matter of the new Hollywood movies dealt with New York and Broadway.

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