Cabaret Girl — There was once a form of entertainment called the Musical Comedy that actually had both delightful music and a good deal of comedy. Of course, the plots were bubble-headed and served mainly as a peg on which to hang the songs. One of the reformers of the genre was Jerome Kern, a disciple of Victor Herbert, whose influence on Kern is very obvious in Kern’s earlier works.
Of course, “Show Boat” dared to introduce a serious plot into the mix and prepared the ground for “Pal Joey,” “South Pacific” and later much of what passes for musicals today. But back in 1922, works like Kern’s “The Cabaret Girl” were much in vogue. Most have deservedly vanished, but with Kern composing the music and P.G. Wodehouse and George Grossmith working on dialogue and lyrics, the show was heads above most of the others.
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