JEROME MOROSS influenced the theatrical world with his unique approach to musical and dance theater, including The Golden Apple (1954) and Ballet Ballads (1948) which he wrote with lyricist John Latouche, and his interpretation of American urban mythology in the ballet Frankie and Johnny (1938), a work that combined American music and vernacular dance. Among the great choreographers with whom he collaborated were Hanya Holm, Ruth Page and John Butler.
This video includes an Interview with choreographer Ruth Page and the 1978 performance of the ballet.
FRANKIE AND JOHNNY was originally composed on commission from Ruth Page, and then presented by her in collaboration with the Chicago Federal Theater. It was completed in March, 1938 and first produced at the Great Northern Theater in Chicago, June 20, 1938.
According to Charles Turner, the noted music scholar, the music of JEROME MOROSS is distinguished by a passion for American history, dance and popular culture, a high level of technical competence, musical and literary sensitivity and the essential but elusive combination of taste and imagination.