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The Resource Musical theater and American culture, David Walsh and Len Platt

Musical theater and American culture, David Walsh and Len Platt

Label
Musical theater and American culture
Title
Musical theater and American culture
Statement of responsibility
David Walsh and Len Platt
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Though there have been many histories of the theater and specifically the theatrical musical, none has done quite what Musical Theater and American Culture achieves: it explores how the musical emerged in the late-18th and 19th centuries as a specifically American form of entertainment and went on to become a powerful medium of popular and political collective expression, articulating the tensions and reconciliations of everyday relations between individuals and society. Intimately related to the forging of social, cultural, and political American identities, the musical--often dismissed as merely entertainment--is tied inextricably to America's sense of itself as a New World, a land of opportunity, and above all, the emblem of modern culture. Including material on genres ranging from minstrel shows to melodrama to the development of the contemporary book musical and the megamusical, Musical Theater and American Culture delves into such important shows as Anything Goes, West Side Story, Evita, and Rent; it represents the first sustained analysis of this medium as a social and political vehicle. Authors David F. Walsh and Len Platt further consider how the current condition of the musical, the emergence of specialist musicals, revivals, and blockbuster musicals intended for a globalized audience relate both aesthetically and culturally to their Broadway progenitors. Tackling the much broader question of what the fragmentation of this popular culture now indicates about contemporary America, they forge a new and unique study sure to appeal to both scholars of the theater and fans of its ongoing and always -fascinating new forms." -- Publisher's description
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1942-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Walsh, David F.
Dewey number
306.4/84
Index
index present
LC call number
ML3918.M87
LC item number
W35 2003
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Platt, Len
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
Musicals
Label
Musical theater and American culture, David Walsh and Len Platt
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 187-191) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Analyzing the musical sociologically. The viability of the musical ; What is the musical? ; How to study the musical -- The genesis of the musical in American popular culture. Ballad opera ; Burlesque ; Vaudeville ; The minstrel show ; Melodrama ; The Black crook (1866) ; Revue ; Operetta ; Musical comedy -- Broadway : the Roaring Twenties, Black culture, and the song-and-dance musical. Finding its feet : the establishment of the musical as a music theater : operetta, musical comedy, and the Broadway musical ; Black culture and popular song and dance ; Black culture, Jewish culture, and the musical ; The Jazz Age and the song-and-dance musical -- The Depression and the Broadway musical. Contexts ; Responses : escapism and critique -- Broadway : the book musical and the end of ideology. America triumphant and the end of ideology ; Americana : Showboat and Oklahoma ; In pursuit of the good : Carousel and Guys and dolls ; From liebestod to meting pot : West Side story and after ; The finale of the classic Broadway musical -- Broadway and after : the transformation of the musical. The fragmented musical and the postmodern world ; From social realism to concept in the musical ; Stephen Sondheim and the deconstruction of "Happily ever after" ; The rock musical -- Modernity, globalization, and the megamusical. The megamusical as modern political text, myth, and fable : the case of Evita -- On and off Broadway: a postscript. -- Appendix: Musicals referred to in the text with main composers, lyricists, and book writers
Control code
ocm51968877
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiii, 200 pages
Isbn
9780275980573
Lccn
2003048238
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)51968877
Label
Musical theater and American culture, David Walsh and Len Platt
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 187-191) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Analyzing the musical sociologically. The viability of the musical ; What is the musical? ; How to study the musical -- The genesis of the musical in American popular culture. Ballad opera ; Burlesque ; Vaudeville ; The minstrel show ; Melodrama ; The Black crook (1866) ; Revue ; Operetta ; Musical comedy -- Broadway : the Roaring Twenties, Black culture, and the song-and-dance musical. Finding its feet : the establishment of the musical as a music theater : operetta, musical comedy, and the Broadway musical ; Black culture and popular song and dance ; Black culture, Jewish culture, and the musical ; The Jazz Age and the song-and-dance musical -- The Depression and the Broadway musical. Contexts ; Responses : escapism and critique -- Broadway : the book musical and the end of ideology. America triumphant and the end of ideology ; Americana : Showboat and Oklahoma ; In pursuit of the good : Carousel and Guys and dolls ; From liebestod to meting pot : West Side story and after ; The finale of the classic Broadway musical -- Broadway and after : the transformation of the musical. The fragmented musical and the postmodern world ; From social realism to concept in the musical ; Stephen Sondheim and the deconstruction of "Happily ever after" ; The rock musical -- Modernity, globalization, and the megamusical. The megamusical as modern political text, myth, and fable : the case of Evita -- On and off Broadway: a postscript. -- Appendix: Musicals referred to in the text with main composers, lyricists, and book writers
Control code
ocm51968877
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiii, 200 pages
Isbn
9780275980573
Lccn
2003048238
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)51968877

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