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Woody Guthrie releases his Talking Union album and makes appearances to support labor unions. • Glenn Miller forms his own big band and begins touring after breaking from playing trombone and arranging music for Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey and Ray Noble, • Cole Porter is injured in a fall from a horse and is left crippled. S. dance floors. • Delmore Schwartz's first collection of poems, In Dreams Begin Responsibilities, is published. 17 Jan. Benny Goodman and His Orchestra, along with Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and members of their orchestras, give the first jazz performance in Carnegie Hall 25 Jan.
27 May To celebrate the Century of Progress, fan dancer Sally Rand appears at the Chicago World's Fair, attracting thousands. 30 Aug. Samuel Barber's School for Scandal Overture is first performed at Philadelphia's Robin Hood Dell. 26 Sept. The Group Theatre production of Sidney Kingsley's Men in White, starring Morris Carnovsky, Luther Adler, and Elia Kazan, opens at New York's Broadhurst Theater, where it runs for 367 performances. 30 Sept. Based on the book by Irving Berlin and Moss Hart, the musical As Thousands Cheer, with music and lyrics by Berlin, Edward Heyman, and Richard Myers, opens at New York's Music Box Theater on Broadway.
Ethel Waters and Cecil Mack's Choir perform songs such as Eubie Blake's "Memories of You" in Lew Leslie's Blackbirds of 1930, which opens at New York's Royale Theater. 13 Nov. W. A. Drake's play adaptation of the Vicki Baum novel Grand Hotel, starring Henry Hull and Sam Jaffe, opens at New York's National Theater and runs for 459 performances. 18 Nov. Bob Hope, Marilyn Miller, Eddie Foy, and Fred and Adele Astaire star in the musical Smiles, which opens at New York's Ziegfeld Theater. 8 Dec. The New Yorkers, starring Hope Williams, Ann Pennington, Jimmy Durante, Lew Clayton, and Eddie Jackson, and with music and lyrics by Cole Porter, opens at New York's Broadway Theater.
American Decades 1930-1939 (American Decades) by Matthew Joseph Bruccoli