Title

Foreword to "Bernstein Meets Broadway: Collaborative Art in a Time of War" by Carol J. Oja

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

2014

Publication Title

Bernstein Meets Broadway: Collaborative Art in a Time of War

Department

Music

Abstract

"When Leonard Bernstein first arrived in New York City, he was an unknown artist working with other brilliant twentysomethings, notably Jerome Robbins, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green. By the end of the 1940s, these artists were world famous. Their collaborations defied artistic boundaries and subtly pushed a progressive political agenda, altering the landscape of musical theater, ballet, and nightclub comedy. In Bernstein Meets Broadway: Collaborative Art in a Time of War, award-winning author and scholar Carol J. Oja examines the early days of Bernstein's career during World War II, centering around the debut in 1944 of the Broadway musical On the Town and the ballet Fancy Free."--book jacket.