Speaking of Gershwin... I love the song Swanee. I just got myself a gorgeous Judy Garland version of the song (it's also part of the minstrel show segment in Babes on Broadway with Mickey Rooney on banjo--it's amazing, despite some not being able to put it in a historical context). Being a fan of Judy and Mickey, Gershwin ends up getting name-checked or sung constantly in their movies ("I like a Gershwin tune, how about you?
Swanee is easily my favorite piece of Gershwin's music. And of course, from Gershwin's era, it was the kind of song Al Jolson
I'm genuinely excited for ZQ's involvement in this film. He has a look that, IMO, makes him an excellent fit for period pieces. The 1920s setting with the musicals, orchestral and operatic music will be gorgeous.