Show Girl

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This article is about the musical Show Girl. For other uses, see Showgirl (disambiguation).

Show Girl is a musical that ran from Jul 2, 1929 to Oct 5, 1929 with a book by William Anthony McGuire, lyrics by Ira Gershwin and Gus Kahn, and music by George Gershwin. Its heroine, aspiring Broadway showgirl Dixie Dugan, was a character created by J. P. McEvoy and introduced in a novel first serialized in Liberty and then published in book form by Simon & Schuster in 1928.

The Broadway production was produced by Florenz Ziegfeld, directed by McGuire, and choreographed by Bobby Connolly, with ballet sequences, including one set to An American in Paris, by Albertina Rasch. Duke Ellington conducted the orchestra. It opened on July 2, 1929 at the Ziegfeld Theatre and ran for 111 performances. The cast included Ruby Keeler as Dixie, Jimmy Durante, Eddie Foy, Jr., Frank McHugh, and Nick Lucas.

Keeler's husband Al Jolson frequently sat in the audience and serenaded her with the show's closing number, "Liza (All the Clouds'll Roll Away)," from his seat.[1] The song was featured in the 1946 biopic The Jolson Story.[2]

In 1929, Ruby had to withdraw due to illness and Dorothy Stone took over her roles.

Warner Brothers filmed this musical as Show Girl (1928)[3] with Alice White as Dixie Dugan and then a sequel, Show Girl in Hollywood (1930) with White again starring as Dixie.

Song list[edit]

  • Happy Birthday
  • My Sunday Fella
  • How Could I Forget?
  • Can Broadway Do Without Me? (Music and lyrics by Jimmy Durante)
  • Lolita (My Love)
  • Do What You Do
  • Spain
  • One Man
  • So Are You
  • I Must Be Home by Twelve O'Clock
  • Because They All Love You (Lyrics by Thomas Malie, music by J. Little)
  • Who Will be With You When I Am Far Away? (Music and lyrics By W. H. Farrell)
  • Black and White
  • Jimmie, the Well-Dressed Man (Music and lyrics by Jimmy Durante)
  • Harlem Serenade
  • An American in Paris
  • Home Blues
  • Broadway, My Street (Lyrics by Sidney Skolsky, music by Jimmy Durante)
  • (So) I Ups to Him (Music and lyrics by Jimmy Durante)
  • Follow the Minstrel Band
  • Liza (All the Clouds'll Roll Away)


  1. ^ Beyond Category: The Life and Genius of Duke Ellington by John Edward Hasse (ISBN 0306806142), page 122
  2. ^ The Jolson Story at the Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ Show Girl at the Internet Movie Database (1928 film)

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