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by Jan L. Jones

  • ISBN: 0875652018
  • Category: Photo and Art
  • Author: Jan L. Jones
  • Subcategory: Performing Arts
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Texas Christian University Press (April 1, 1999)
  • Pages: 160 pages
  • FB2 size: 1719 kb
  • EPUB size: 1936 kb
  • Rating: 4.8
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Then I stumbled upon Fort Worth author Jan Jones's book Billy Rose Presents. Filled with photos and anecdotes, the original Casa comes to life in this book, driving home the point that it was a magnificent achievement indeed.

Then I stumbled upon Fort Worth author Jan Jones's book Billy Rose Presents. The theater garnered nationwide publicity and made Billy Rose into a powerhouse.

Then I stumbled upon Fort Worth author Jan Jones’s book Billy Rose Present. asa Manana. And Jones lays it all bare in this wonderful book.

Casa Manana (Chisholm Trail Series, No 20). ISBN. 0875652018 (ISBN13: 9780875652016). Then I stumbled upon Fort Worth author Jan Jones’s book Billy Rose Present. In telling her tale, we meet iconic Fort Worth citizens, names I knew growing up, but with this book, they are no longer just names on buildings, but flesh and blood figures who shaped the history of my home town.

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In 1936 as Texas prepared to celebrate its centennial?100 years after the Battle of San Jacinto?Dallas was chosen as the site of the official exhibition.

Series: Chisholm Trail. Biography: Jan Jones is a Fort Worth native who has taught theater and English in the Metroplex for almost thirty years. Her interest in Casa Manana began in 1980 when she wrote her master's thesis on the current

Series: Chisholm Trail. Her interest in Casa Manana began in 1980 when she wrote her master's thesis on the current. This is her first book.

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Billy Rose was an American impresario, theatrical showman and lyricist. For years both before and after World War II, Billy Rose was a major force in entertainment, with shows such as Billy Rose's Crazy Quilt (1931), Jumbo (1935), Billy Rose's Aquacade (1937), and Carmen Jones (1943). In his subsequent nightclub venture, he decided to appeal to the middle-classes. Rose went on to open Billy Rose’s Music Hall and the Diamond Horseshoe.

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In 1936 as Texas prepared to celebrate its centennial—100 years after the Battle of San Jacinto—Dallas was chosen as the site of the official exhibition. Plans were under way for a modest Frontier Days Celebration in Fort Worth—until Star-Telegram publisher and civic booster Amon G. Carter stepped in. Carter considered the naming of Dallas as the official site a gross miscarriage of justice and was determined to get even by mounting a show that would directly rival the official event—and pull tourist dollars into Fort Worth. To put his celebration together Carter hired flamboyant Broadway producer Billy Rose. The result was Fort Worth’s Frontier Centennial, an improbable conglomeration of agricultural exhibits, sideshow nudes, an old-time Wild West show, Rose’s musicalized circus Jumbo, and a parade of Broadway and vaudeville talent led by feature artiste, stripper Sally Rand. The centerpiece for this extravaganza was the dinner theater, Casa Mañana, with the world's largest revolving stage surrounded by a tank of water on which it seemed to float, over twenty fountains, and geysers of water that shot into the air at strategic intervals. The building featured over thirty Spanish-style arches, was 320 feet in length, and contained the world’s longest bar, a fact of which Rose was inordinately proud.But it was the revue on this magnificent stage that truly made theatrical history. On opening night, Paul Whiteman raised his baton and two bands swung into the fanfare. There were interpretations of the St. Louis World’s Fair, the Paris Exposition of 1925, and Chicago’s 1933 Century of Progress Exposition. Texas “Sweetheart Number One” wore a $5,000 gold-mesh gown, and Sally Rand wore only a huge opaline balloon. On opening night when the orchestra played “The Eyes of Texas,” the audience rose to its feet singing, whistling, and cheering. “Texans,” wrote one critic, “are not given to polite applause.”The Frontier Centennial and its sequel, the Frontier Fiesta, closed after only two brief seasons (1936 and 1937), the second season cut short by controversy and lawsuits. Rose left Fort Worth under a cloud, informed by city fathers that his services were no longer needed. Undaunted, he went on to become a multimillionaire with almost legendary status as a theatrical producer. But Fort Worth was never again the same after the Frontier Centennial . . . and memories of that festival linger today, even though the buildings were long ago razed. Today a permanent theater-in-the-round, appropriately named Casa Mañana, is located on the centennial grounds. Popular with Fort Worthians, it can only echo the splendor of the original.
Reviews about Billy Rose Presents . . . Casa Mañana (Chisholm Trail Series) (3):
Sharpmane
In my 1960s era teenage years, I attended more than sixty productions at the Fort Worth, Texas, geodesic domed theater, Casa Manana. Those musicals--including indelibly memorable shows like West Side Story, Oklahoma!, The Music Man, and others--shaped my life, providing for me a pastime and a profession that has incredibly enriched me. I knew at the time that Casa Manana was so-named because a theater had been on that site back in the Texas Centennial Year 1936 and that the original Casa Manana productions were overseen by the legendary theater producer Billy Rose. Beyond that, I knew nothing about the history of this iconic theater and Fort Worth treasure. Then I stumbled upon Fort Worth author Jan Jones's book Billy Rose Presents...Casa Manana. Filled with photos and anecdotes, the original Casa comes to life in this book, driving home the point that it was a magnificent achievement indeed. The theater garnered nationwide publicity and made Billy Rose into a powerhouse. The guy was blustery and pushy, caring more for his own paycheck than anything else. But he had a vision, and that vision was an elaborate one. He brought to Fort Worth, then still almost a dusty frontier town, some of the great talents of the day, among them Paul Whiteman and his orchestra and the infamous fan dancer Sally Rand. Like any good theater of the depression era, there were "girls," gorgeous costumes, lots of music and spectacle, and just a bit of scandal. And Jones lays it all bare in this wonderful book. In telling her tale, we meet iconic Fort Worth citizens, names I knew growing up, but with this book, they are no longer just names on buildings, but flesh and blood figures who shaped the history of my home town. Billy Rose Presents...Casa Manana appealed to because I'm a Fort Worth boy, but it would appeal to anyone who has an interest in theater history or Texas history. And it would appeal to anyone who likes to revel in a little dirt, too. Billy Rose was a true character, and he is the driving force behind Casa Manana and this delicious book.
Malann
ypu may have to be from ft worth to care about Casa Mañana but it is a very cool tale about a fast time of growth in Texas. And a city moving from Wild West to 'where the west begins'
Fomand
Jan Lynn Jones Obituary - 8/4/15 - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dfw/obituary.aspx?n=jan-lynn-jones&pid=175451031#sthash.EhReVHeG.dpuf

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