The Show must go on
Asked by: bronzegoddess-ga
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10 May 2005 04:55 PDT
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Question ID: 519916
I am looking for the source of what I think is a famous quote "the show must go on." Is it a paraphrase from "let's go on with the show" in "There's No business like show business"? by Irving Berline or????????????
Re: The Show must go on
Answered By: justaskscott-ga on 10 May 2005 07:55 PDT
Hello bronzegoddess, The phrase predates Irving Berlin's "There's No Business Like Show Business" from the 1946 musical "Annie Get Your Gun." It does not appear to have an identified originator. "The saying and principle are traditional in the theater, but apparently they both originated in the 19th century with circuses. If an animal got loose or a performer was injured, the ringmaster and the band tried to keep things going so that the crowd would not panic." The Oxford English Dictionary cites it in print from 1941 and 1943; so it appears that the phrase was gaining popularity at the time that Irving Berlin wrote "There's No Business Like Show Business." Online posting, "The Show Must Go On", by ozziemaland (1/24/04) Wordorigins Org http://p098.ezboard.com/fwordoriginsorgfrm14.showPrevMessage?topicID=26.topic Online posting, "Re: tHE show must go on", by esc (1/15/03) The Phrase Finder http://www.phrases.org.uk/bulletin_board/18/messages/331.html [Note: This is the working version of the link cited in the Wordorigins Org posting] "There's No Business Like Show Business" (1946) Rodgers & Hammerstein: Williamson Music http://www3.rnh.com/rhstein/williamson/williamson_song.asp?song_title=THERE'S+NO+BUSINESS+LIKE+SHOW+BUSINESS - justaskscott Search strategy -- Searched Google and other search engines for combinations of: "show must go on" "there's no business like show business" "on with the show" "phrase the show must go on" "expression the show must go on" cliche cliches origin origins quotations "phrase finder"
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Thought it would be vague and I'm grateful to have the prompt answer from Scott.
Re: The Show must go on
From: answerfinder-ga on 10 May 2005 08:42 PDT
Here in the UK, back issues of the Times Newspaper c.1930s comments in various articles that it is a ?famous old theatrical saying?. Oliver SANDYS, a novelist, director and producer, wrote a book in 1936 titled The Show Must Go On. British Library Catalogue: System number 003245231 Author - personal SANDYS, Oliver, pseud. [i.e. Marguerite Florence Barclay, afterwards Evans.] Title The Show Must Go On. Publisher/year pp. 287. Hutchinson & Co.: London, [1936.] Holdings (BL) NN.25307. Request http://catalogue.bl.uk/F/1YHH1SLTR4RD45HEDK84EYP1AGAJLREHRFG2B81DXP36EMCUUS-03368?func=full-set-set&set_number=071644&set_entry=000002&format=999 answerfinder-ga
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