Berkowitz, Gerald M.
B.A. (Bachelor of Arts)
Department of English
“The Golden Apple” is an undeservingly forgotten milestone of the American musical. It was of great value in 1954: it had stunning choreography, great sets, a creative director and performers. It was influential, in that it was the first truly integrated musical, in which music and dance were blended completely into the narrative. And it was unanimously praised by critics and audiences alike but, due to mismanagement, wasn’t sustained on Broadway long enough to carve an enduring niche for itself. Despite this misfortune, the show still has lasting value: in its entertaining but intelligent plot, which is based on Homer’s Illiad and Odessey, as if they were to occur in turn-of-the-century America; in its versatile music; and its witty lyrics. Although it superseded such shows as “Kismet” and “Can-Can” to win the Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, it isn’t being performed now. It deserves to be staged.
Tobin, Neil, "Musical theatre lost and found : "The golden apple"" (1988). Honors Capstones. 822.
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Musical theater lost and found : "The golden apple"