By Brent Phillips
From the trolley scene in Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) to Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers's final dance at the silver reveal (The Barkleys of Broadway, 1949) to Judy Garland's undying, tuxedo-clad functionality of "Get chuffed" (Summer Stock, 1950), Charles Walters staged the enduring musical sequences of Hollywood's golden age. in the course of his occupation, this Academy Award–nominated director and choreographer showcased the abilities of stars akin to Gene Kelly, Doris Day, Debbie Reynolds, and Frank Sinatra. despite the fact that, regardless of his many serious and advertisement triumphs, Walters's identify usually is going unrecognized today.
In the 1st full-length biography of Walters, Brent Phillips chronicles the artist's profession, from his days as a featured Broadway performer and protégé of theater legend Robert Alton to his successes at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. he's taking readers backstage of some of the studio's so much loved musicals, together with Easter Parade (1948), Lili (1953), High Society (1956), and The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964). additionally, Phillips recounts Walters's institutions with Lucille Ball, Joan Crawford, and Gloria Swanson, examines the director's uncredited paintings on numerous movies, together with the blockbuster Gigi (1958), and discusses his contributions to musical theater and American well known culture.
This revealing booklet additionally considers Walters's own existence and explores how he navigated the as an brazenly homosexual guy. Drawing on unpublished oral histories, correspondence, and new interviews, this biography bargains an unique and significant new examine an exhilarating period in Hollywood historical past.
Read or Download Charles Walters: The Director Who Made Hollywood Dance PDF
Best theater books
Providing a accomplished examine the concepts that filmmakers have hired in adapting Shakespeare’s performs to the cinema, this booklet investigates what the duty of Shakespearean edition unearths approximately movie regularly and specializes in styles and techniques shared via a number of cinematic works. Buhler offers concise histories of every normal method, which come with non-illusionistic cinema, documentary interpretations, mass-market productions, transgressive and transitional cinema, and methods that see movie as both precise from the degree or as an extension of theatrical traditions.
The second one variation OF THIS identify, ENTITLED ACTOR education, IS NOW to be had. Actor education is arguably the critical phenomenon of 20th century theatre making. right here for the 1st time, the theories, education workouts and productions of fourteen administrators are analysed in one quantity, each written by way of a number one specialist.
The flip of the 20th century in manhattan urban was once characterised by way of radical transformation because the creation of shopper capitalism faced verified social hierarchies, tradition, and conceptions of selfhood. the preferred degree existed in a symbiotic dating with town and uniquely captured the contested phrases of immigrant identification of the time.
20 years after Tony Kushner's influential Angels in the United States appeared to claim a revitalized efficiency for the preferred political play, there's a "No Politics" prejudice undermining US creation and writing. This e-book explores the mostly unrecognized cultural styles that discourage political playwriting at the modern American level.
- De l'informe, du difforme, du conforme au théâtre : sur la scène européenne, en Italie et en France
- The Dublin stage, 1720-1745: a calendar of plays, entertainments, and afterpieces
- Politische Bildung im Theater
- Improvisation in Drama
- In comes I : performance, memory and landscape
- Shakespeare Thinking
Extra resources for Charles Walters: The Director Who Made Hollywood Dance
15 De Marco’s tailored movement followed Porter’s melodic lead, building to emotional peaks and falling back to virtual stillness. The climax saw Walters and Knight perform a series of syncopated arm movements, and the vitality of their execution brought spontaneous applause, both onstage from club onlookers and from the actual audience. ”16 In mid-September the Jubilee cavalcade traveled to Boston for a warmly received tryout. ”)17 Word of mouth was good and brought the industry’s own imperial brigade out in full force for the show’s October 12 opening in New York.
I lived on Tenth Street, but my address was Fifty-Seventh Street. You didn’t live in the same apartment, because people would put two and two together. Some things were very undercover. . You didn’t flaunt things like that. ”33 More unorthodox, then, was columnist Lucius Beebe’s thorough reportage of the Darrow-Walters living quarters for his Herald Tribune readers. “Agreeable premises,” Beebe detailed in a July 1938 “Stage Asides,” finished with chocolate walls, plum-colored carpets, white woolly string rugs, and zebra-striped sofa pillows reminiscent of El Morocco’s motif.
No, I should say, we didn’t talk about such things very much. But they were such a striking pair, of course people noticed. ”32 In December 1937, the couple took their first apartment together—a duplex at 36 East Fortieth Street in the quiet Murray Hill section of Manhattan. Their lack of discretion was atypical. Dancer Richard D’Arcy, longtime companion to scenic designer Oliver Smith, has since pointed out the necessity at the time for same-sex couples to maintain separate addresses: “Oliver lived on Tenth Street.