Jerome Kern

Broadway Composer Jerome Kern

Profession: Broadway Composer

United States of America

Biography: Jerome Kern was an American composer best known for his work in musical theatre, in which he was one of the most important composers of the early 20th century. During this period he wrote over 700 songs which featured in more than 100 stage shows.

Kern collaborated with a number of other important names, in particular lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II, with whom he wrote songs for the plays Show Boat (1927) and Music in the Air (1932).

Born: January 27, 1885
Birthplace: NYC, New York, USA

Generation: Lost Generation
Star Sign: Aquarius

Died: November 11, 1945 (aged 60)

Historical Events

  • 1914-08-24 PAul Rubens and Sidney Green's musical (with additional songs by Jerome Kern and Herbert Reynolds) "The Girl from Utah" premieres at the Knickerbocker Theatre, NYC
  • 1915-12-23 Jerome Kern and Schuyler Greene's musical farce "Very Good Eddie" premieres at the Princess Theatre, NYC; runs for 341 performances
  • 1917-02-20 Jerome Kern, Guy Bolton & P.G. Wodehouse's musical "Oh, Boy!" opens at the Princess Theatre, NYC; runs for 463 performances
  • 1918-02-01 Jerome Kern, Guy Bolton & P. G. Wodehouse's musical "Oh Lady! Lady!!", premieres at the Princess Theatre, NYC; runs for 219 performances
  • 1920-12-21 Jerome Kern/BG DeSylva's musical "Sally" premieres in NYC
  • 1927-12-27 Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II's landmark musical "Show Boat", based on Edna Ferber's novel, opens at the Ziegfeld Theatre, NYC; runs for 572 performances
  • 1939-11-17 Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II's musical "Very Warm for May", featuring June Allyson, Eve Arden, and Vera-Ellen, and directed by Vincente Minnelli opens at the Alvin Theatre, NYC; runs for 59 performances, inspiring 9-year old audience member Stephen Sondheim's love for musical theater
  • 1948-05-06 Revival of Jerome Kerns and Clifford Grey's rags-to-riches musical "Sally" opens at Martin Beck Theater, NYC; runs for 36 performances
  • 1948-06-08 Revival of Jerome Kerns' musical "Sally" closes at Martin Beck Theater, NYC, after 36 performances
  • 1951-10-08 Revival of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II's musical "Music in the Air" opens at Ziegfeld Theater, NYC ; runs for 56 performances
  • 1986-01-23 "Jerome Kern Goes to Hollywood" opens at Ritz Theater NYC for 13 performances
  • 1986-02-02 "Jerome Kern Goes to Hollywood" closes at Ritz NYC after 13 performances

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