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Florenz Ziegfeld


Theatrical producer Florenz Ziegfeld introduced something new and exciting to the American musical stage in 1907. Featuring beautiful chorus girls and dazzling sets, his Follies of 1907, an extravagant musical revue, started an annual tradition that would last for 24 … Continue reading

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Ziegfeld Follies, 1931


In 1931 Ruth Etting appeared in the very last Follies, which opened at the Ziegfeld Theater on July 1, 1931, and ran through November 21 before heading out on tour, for a total of 164 performances on Broadway. Ruth Etting … Continue reading

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Notes from Joel Harris

Joel Harris is a fan of Miss Etting, and he sent me the following notes… Ten Cents A Dance As you probably know, this song was written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart in 1930 for the Florenz Ziegfeld musical … Continue reading

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Simple Simon


After the success of Whoopee! with Eddie Cantor, Ruth Etting once again found herself in a hit show staring an avowed clown. According to musicalheaven.com, “This show was built around Ed Wynn, on the theory that three solid hours of The … Continue reading

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In 1928 Florenz Ziegfeld and Eddie Cantor teamed up to produce the Broadway musical, Whoopee. The show was based on The Nervous Wreck by Owen Davis, with a book by William Anthony McGuire, music by Walter Donaldson, and lyrics by Gus … Continue reading

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Ziegfeld Follies, 1927


Ruth Etting made her way to New York in 1927, and found success on Broadway almost immediately. Her good friend Irving Berlin was writing the music for Florenz Ziegfeld‘s 1927 Follies, and he introduced her to the Broadway impresario. Eddie … Continue reading

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The Great Glorifier by Eddie Cantor


In 1934, shortly after Florenz Ziegfeld‘s death, Eddie Cantor cowrote a book about the producer – one of a series of books by Cantor and his co-writer, David Freeman. Ziegfeld, The Great Glorifier By Eddie Cantor and David Freeman. Alfred … Continue reading

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