Unsung

The Untold Story of Rouben Mamoulian, George Gershwin, and Porgy and Bess Joseph Horowitz

“On My Way”
The Untold Story of Rouben Mamoulian, George Gershwin, and Porgy and Bess
Joseph Horowitz
W.W. Norton & Co., $26.95, 256 pp.

Rouben Mamoulian (1897–1987) is forgotten. Joseph Horowitz believes he ought not to be. Immensely admired in the 1920s and ’30s for his originality and creativity as a director of opera, theatre, and films, Mamoulian suffered the collapse of his career at its apex in 1959 when Sam Goldwyn replaced him with Otto Preminger as director of the movie version of Porgy and Bess. Mamoulian withdrew with his wife Azadia into their sprawling neoclassical house in Beverly Hills...

The remainder of this article is only available to paid subscribers.

Print subscribers to Commonweal are entitled to free access to all premium online content. Click here to purchase a print subscription, or if you’re already a print subscriber, register now for premium access.

Online-only subscriptions provide access to all premium online articles for just $34/year or $2.95/month. Click here to subscribe.

Registered users, please log in below:

Or log in with...

Share

About the Author

Barry Gault is a psychiatrist in private practice in Newton, Massachusetts.