Kern, Jerome (David)
(Born; New York, 27 Jan 1885; Died; there, 11 Nov 1945). American composer. His first scores were failures, but in 1915-18 he composed four shows for the Princess Theatre, New York, a new type of sophisticated musical show with much more fully integrated songs and story than was usual; the best (written with Guy Bolton) was Very Good, Eddie (1915). He wrote many musical comedies, of which the most successful was Show Boat (1927). From 1939 he lived in Hollywood, contributing to films some of his best-known songs, notably The last time I saw Paris and The way you look tonight. He bridged the stylistic gap between the European operetta tradition and the American musical, using lyrical song to advance plot and character.
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