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Champagne Sparkle


Champagne Sparkle

Maggie Mitchell, the First Musical Comedy Star of the American Stage

von: Thomas A. Bogar

49,99 €

Verlag: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Format: EPUB
Veröffentl.: 20.08.2020
ISBN/EAN: 9781538143490
Sprache: englisch
Anzahl Seiten: 368

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<span>Before there was Shirley Temple or Judy Garland or Fanny Brice, before musical comedy even existed as a genre, Maggie Mitchell (1836-1918) consistently drew sold-out crowds for four decades as a musical comedy star. Admired by Abraham Lincoln as well as John Wilkes Booth, along with millions of adoring fans, both female and male, Maggie blazed across the American stage, her energy unstoppable in her signature roles: Fanchon, Little Barefoot, Pearl of Savoy, French Spy, Little Savage, and Jane Eyre. Trying to capture her appeal, reviewers exhausted their store of adjectives and metaphors, among them “vivacious,” “beautiful,” “hoydenish,” “sprightly,” “piquant,” “elfin,” “impish,” “mischievous,” “winsome,” “electric,” “versatile,” “chaste,” “a fascinating little witch,” “a materialized sunbeam” and “a champagne sparkle.” When she finally retired, one of the wealthiest actresses in the world, she left in her wake dozens of Maggie Mitchell imitators, and critics ever since have spoken of the “Maggie Mitchell style” of acting: effervescent, endearing, and eternally youthful. As an actress, a faithful wife and mother, and an icon of respectability in a field often condemned by moralists, she left a legacy of unparalleled achievement.</span>
<span>This, the first biography of the first American musical comedy star, Maggie Mitchell (1836-1918), elucidates her explosive talent, her manifold challenges, and her indomitable perseverance in delighting audiences for forty years. As an icon of respectability in a field often condemned by moralists, she left a legacy of unparalleled achievement.</span>
<span>Introduction</span>
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<span>Chapter 1: “a wild, restless, spritely little thing”</span>
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<span>Chapter 2: “emphatically the People’s Pet” </span>
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<span>Chapter 3: “quivering masculine hearts” </span>
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<span>Chapter 4: </span>
<span>Fanchon </span>
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<span>Chapter 5: “talked about as much as the war” </span>
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<span>Chapter 6: “she will never be more idolized than she was by the soldiers” </span>
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<span>Chapter 7: “everything has been deranged”</span>
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<span>Chapter 8: “Maggie Mitchell stands unrivaled”</span>
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<a><span>Chapter 9: California and “Cricket Lodge</span></a>
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<span>Chapter 10: “she does not counterfeit it, but feels it”</span>
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<a><span>Chapter 11: “everything she attempts is Fanchon”</span></a>
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<span>Chapter 12: “bathed in the fountain of perennial youth”</span>
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<span>Chapter 13: “she can’t quit the stage”</span>
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<span>Chapter 14: </span>
<a><span>“completely under his influence”</span></a>
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<a><span>Chapter 15: “dissipated and untrue”</span></a>
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<a><span>Chapter 16: “it is the music of the heart”</span></a>
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<span>Acknowledgments</span>
<span>Thomas A. Bogar </span>
<span>taught theatre history, dramatic literature, and theatrical production for forty years, most recently at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, and directed over seventy theatrical productions. He is the author of </span>
<span>Thomas Hamblin and the Bowery Theatre</span>
<span> (Palgrave Macmillan 2018), </span>
<span>Backstage at the Lincoln Assassination</span>
<span>, </span>
<span>American Presidents Attend the Theatre</span>
<span>, and a biography of 19th-century actor-manager John E. Owens. He is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships and served as a judge for Washington’s Helen Hayes Theatre Awards. He lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.</span>
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<li><span>The first biography of Maggie Mitchell</span></li>
<li><span>Impeccably, thoroughly documented by archival research</span></li>
<li><span>Captures the verve and determination of this prototypical actress.</span></li>
<li><span> Portrays the environment and challenges of acting musical comedy in the mid-19</span><span><sup>th</sup></span><span> century.</span></li>
<li><span>Includes photos of Maggie in her signature roles and at key periods of her life.</span></li>
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