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Re: Jazz MND
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0858.  Tuesday, 19 August 1997.

[1]     From:   Amy Green <
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        Date:   Monday, 18 Aug 97 09:13:25 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0857  Q: Jazz MND

[2]     From:   Georgianna Ziegler <
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        Date:   Monday, 18 Aug 97 09:04:00 PDT
        Subj:   Jazz MND

[3]     From:   Billy Houck <
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        Date:   Monday, 18 Aug 1997 12:32:51 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0857 Q: Jazz MND

[4]     From:   Louis Scheeder <
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        Date:   Monday, 18 Aug 1997 20:01:47 -0400 (EDT)
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From:           Amy Green <
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Date:           Monday, 18 Aug 97 09:13:25 EDT
Subject: 8.0857  Q: Jazz MND
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0857  Q: Jazz MND

The Jazz MND would be the 1933 SWINGIN' THE DREAM, set in New Orleans in
the 1890s, with Louis Armstrong as Bottom the Fireman.  Also featured in
this Broadway musical were Benny Goodman, Moms Mabley, and Butterfly
McQueen.

I'd love to hear the score if anyone knows where/if it's available.

--Amy Green

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From:           Georgianna Ziegler <
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Date:           Monday, 18 Aug 97 09:04:00 PDT
Subject:        Jazz MND

In reply to Merri Neidorff: in 1939, following the success of the WPA
"Vodoo" Macbeth, Louis Armstrong and Benny Goodman designed a version of
A Midsummer Night's Dream entitled "Swingin the Dream." Likewise, a
one-act verson of the play entitled "Pyramus and Thisbe" was given by
the Harlem Community Theater and the New Lafayette Players.  Material on
these productions may be found at the Schomburg Center and Lincoln
Center libraries.

Georgianna Ziegler
Folger Library

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From:           Billy Houck <
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Date:           Monday, 18 Aug 1997 12:32:51 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 8.0857 Q: Jazz MND
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0857 Q: Jazz MND

I was called "Swingin' the Dream," as I recall.

Billy Houck

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Date:           Monday, 18 Aug 1997 20:01:47 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 8.0857  Qs: Jazz MND;
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0857  Qs: Jazz MND;

You may be referring to "Swingin' the Dream" which was performed at
Radio City Music Hall in 1939 and featured Louis Armstrong in the role
of Bottom.  According to reviews which I have read, the piece pleased
neither the literati nor the jazz cognescenti.  The performative
genealogy of this piece might be of interest to some on the list.  It
was directed by Eric Charell (Erich Karl Loewenberg) , one of the
leading exponents of the large, flashy revues produced in Berlin during
the mid and late 20's.  These revues featured troupes of young women
known as "Tiller Girls," noted for their precision dancing.  In NYC,
they would be know as the Rockettes.

Charell directed the international musical hit, *Der Kongress tanzt*
(Congress Dances), a fairy tale about the Czar and a Viennese glove
salesgirl set amidst the machinations of the Congress of Vienna.
Charell was brought to Hollywood on the strength of that film and
subsequently filmed a large musical revue, *Caravan* which was not a
success.  He spent the late 30's mounting such stage spectaculars as
*White Horse Inn* at the Music Hall in New York and the Coliseum in
London.  Charell had worked under Reinhardt in the early 20's and may
have been trying to replicate one of Reinhardt's great successes.  He
died on Long Island in 1973.
 

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