Leslie Stuart
Last updated: 25.04.19
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Printed: 2002 Author: Andrew Lamb
Publisher: Routeledge & Kegan Paul Ltd ISBN: 978-0-415-93747-4
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The Man who Composed Floradora
Hardback: 310 pages.
Publisher's blurb:
Leslie Stuart (1864-1928) was a British songwriter best remembered as the composer of the hit show, Florodora. He began writing popular songs as a teenager, first for blackface and vaudeville performers, and eventually for more "legitimate" shows and revues. Florodora (1899), written in collaboration with London's most fashionable librettist, Owen Hall, was a musical-comedy sensation. Its combination of the traditional slow love ballads and waltzes with more rhythmic and long-lined numbers made it a worldwide success. He continued to compose through the first decade of the 20th century, laying the groundwork for the coming innovations in British and American musical theater.