Leslie Stuart (1864-1928) was a British songwriter best remembered as the composer of the hit show, Florodora. He began writing popular songs as a teenager, first for blackface and vaudeville performers, and eventually for more "legitimate" shows and revues. Florodora (1899), written in collaboration with London's most fashionable librettist, Owen Hall, was a musical-comedy sensation. Its combination of the traditional slow love ballads and waltzes with more rhythmic and long-lined numbers made it a worldwide success. He continued to compose through the first decade of the 20th century, laying the groundwork for the coming innovations in British and American musical theater.
Table of Contents
Series Introduction 1. Irish Ancestry, Lancashire Boyhood 2. Early Career 3. Expanding Horizons 4. Concert Promoter and Song Composer 5. Leslie Stuart - Popular Songwriter 6. Eugene Stratton and Musical Piracy 7. Floradora 8. From West End to Broadway 9. The Silver Slipper 10. Across America 11. The School Girl 12. Fruits of Success 13. The Belle of Mayfair 14. Havana 15. Captain Kidd and The Slim Princess 16. Peggy, Bankruptcy, and Bubbles 17. World War I, America, and Nina 18. Death and Legacy