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Over Here, Over ThereTransatlantic Conversations on the Music of World War I$
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William Brooks, Christina Bashford, and Gayle Magee

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042706

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042706.001.0001

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From the Great War to White Christmas

From the Great War to White Christmas

The Long Reach of Irving Berlin’s Yip Yip Yaphank

(p.97) Chapter 5 From the Great War to White Christmas
Over Here, Over There

Jeffrey Magee

University of Illinois Press

Irving Berlin’s all-soldier World War I revue, Yip Yip Yaphank, made a unique impact on Broadway in 1918 and in Berlin’s work for decades to come. The show forged a compelling and comic connection between theatrical conventions and military protocols, using elements from minstrelsy, the Ziegfeld Follies, and Berlin’s distinctive songs. Featuring such Berlin standards as “Sterling Silver Moon” (later revised as “Mandy”) and “Oh! How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning,” it was revised for World War II as This Is the Army, and scenes from it reappear, transformed, in Berlin’s films Alexander’s Ragtime Band and White Christmas.

Keywords:   World War I Songs, Irving Berlin, Yip Yip Yaphank, This Is the Army, revue, army, soldiers, Broadway, Ziegfeld Follies, minstrelsy

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