Related websites

General

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/episodes/the-great-american-songbook/introduction/139/
The website for the PBS 2002 Great Performances “Great American Songbook” series.

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/broadway/index.html
Website for the PBS 2004 documentary series, “Broadway: The American Musical,” with resources and teachers’ materials.

http://www.theatrehistory.com/american/musicals.html
Website focusing on American musicals, with synopses of major musicals, and links for further reading and study.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_American_Songbook
An extensive overview from Wikepedia that seeks to define the Great American Songbook, with links to composer biographies, and to the history of individual songs, where they were performed, and by whom.

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/Jewish-Songwriters-American-Songs.html
An article by exhibit curator David Lehman from Smithsonian magazine, with a link to another article about the writing of Porgy and Bess.

http://songwritershalloffame.org/exhibits/eras/C1104
The “Stage and Film” section of the Songwriters Hall of Fame website features nearly all the composers mentioned in the exhibit, with links to biographies, song catalogs, audio clips, and recommended recordings.

http://www.loc.gov/loc/lcib/9809/gershwin.html
Description of the Library of Congress collection of George and Ira Gershwin materials, and the Gershwin Room at the Library, which houses George’s Gershwin’s piano and other memorabilia.

The composers

http://www.haroldarlen.com/home.html
Official website for Harold Arlen, with biography, music files, and lists of songs composed, by year.

http://www.dorothyfields.co.uk/films.htm
Website of Dorothy Fields, who wrote popular songs for revues, films and shows for nearly 50 years.

http://www.gershwin.com/
George and Ira Gershwin: The Official Website. Includes a history of the brothers, music files, an anthology of their work, and other references.

http://www.yipharburg.com/
The Yip Harburg website, with biography, songlists, selected recordings.

http://frankloesser.com/
The Frank Loesser website, with biography, interviews, song catalog, Broadway and film work.

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