1930’s Musicals

Musicals from the 1930s

Many of the following musicals include basic costumes of working man costume from the Edwardian period consisting of trousers, shirt, cravat, cap and a waistcoat.

Girl Crazy (1930, Broadway) – A musical which has been made into a film three times, one featuring Ginger Rogers and another Judy Garland with Mickey Rooney. Costumes include; showgirls, cowboys

Words and Music (1932, West End) – A musical revue showcase for Noel Coward, notable for the tune ‘Mad About the Boy’.

Anything Goes (1934, Broadway) - 1930s musical set aboard a cruise-liner en route from New York to London. Aside from the title song, also features ‘You’re the Top’ and ‘I Get a Kick Out of You’. It was made into a film in 1936. Costumes include; Captain, sailors and Chinese costumes

Porgy and Bess (1935, Broadway) - Originally called ‘an American folk opera’ and featuring an Afro-American cast.

Babes In Arms (1937, Broadway) - A teenager puts on a musical show to avoid being sent to work camp.

Me and My Girl (1937, West End) – Set in the 1930s, the culture-shock of a long-lost Cockney heir to an aristocratic fortune.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937, film) – Disney’s innovative feature-length cartoon, plus some memorable tunes. Main characters include; Snow White, Dwarfs (7) Prince charming, Woodcutter, King, Wicked Queen

Hellzapoppin (1938, Broadway) - One of the longest running musicals of its time. It was subsequently made into a film.

Wizard of Oz (1939, film) – Legendary Oscar-winning film of the Frank L Baum story. The book was first published in 1900. Follow the Yellow Brick Road, with Dorothy, Toto, Scarecrow, Lion and Tinman.

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