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Fine and Dandy: The Life and Work of Kay Swift

Vicki Ohl


Kay Swift (1897–1993) was one of the few women composers active on Broadway in the first half of the twentieth century. Best known as George Gershwin's assistant, musical adviser, and intimate friend, Swift was in fact an accomplished musician herself, a pianist and composer whose Fine and Dandy (1930) was the first complete Broadway musical written by a woman. This book discusses her music and her extraordinary life. The book describes Swift's work for musical theater, the ballet, Radio City Music Hall's Rockettes, and commercial shows. It also tells how Swift served as director of light musi ... More

Keywords: Kay Swift, Broadway, George Gershwin, musical, musical theatre, ballet, commercial shows, light music, World's Fair

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780300102611
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300102611.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Vicki Ohl, author