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The Routledge Companion to the Contemporary Musical

Edited by: Jessica Sternfeld , Elizabeth L. Wollman

Print publication date:  August  2019
Online publication date:  August  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138684614
eBook ISBN: 9781315543703
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315543703
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The Routledge Companion to the Contemporary Musical is dedicated to the musical?s evolving relationship to American culture in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. In the past decade-and-a-half, international scholars from an ever-widening number of disciplines and specializations have been actively contributing to the interdisciplinary field of musical theater studies. Musicals have served not only to mirror the sociopolitical, economic, and cultural tenor of the times, but have helped shape and influence it, in America and across the globe: a genre that may seem, at first glance, light-hearted and escapist serves also as a bold commentary on society.

Forty-four essays examine the contemporary musical as an ever-shifting product of an ever-changing culture. This volume sheds new light on the American musical as a thriving, contemporary performing arts genre, one that could have died out in the post-Tin Pan Alley era but instead has managed to remain culturally viable and influential, in part by newly embracing a series of complex contradictions. At present, the American musical is a live, localized, old-fashioned genre that has simultaneously developed into an increasingly globalized, tech-savvy, intensely mediated mass entertainment form. Similarly, as it has become increasingly international in its scope and appeal, the stage musical has also become more firmly rooted to Broadway?the idea, if not the place?and thus branded as a quintessentially American entertainment.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Musical Theater Reception Theory, or What Happens When You See a Show? Download PDF
Chapter  2:  “[title of chapter]” Download PDF
Chapter  3:  They’re Playing My Song Download PDF
Chapter  4:  “My Corner of the Sky” Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Style as Star Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Recreating the Ephemeral Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Sing Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Amplifying Broadway after the Golden Age Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Starlight Expression and Phantom Operatics Download PDF
Chapter  10:  The Sung and the Spoken in Michael John LaChiusa’s Musicals Download PDF
Chapter  11:  The New “Sounds of Broadway” Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Chart-Toppers to Showstoppers Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Scenographic Aesthetics and Automated Technologies in Broadway Musicals Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Do-Re-#MeToo Download PDF
Chapter  15:  It’s Still Working  Download PDF
Chapter  16:  The Pink Elephant in the Room Download PDF
Chapter  17:  “A Little More Mascara” Download PDF
Chapter  18:  The Multiracial Musical Metropolis Download PDF
Chapter  19:  “Before the Parade Passes By” Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Race and the City Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Can We “Leave Behind the World We Know”? Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Falsettos and Indecent in the Shadow of Fiddler on the Roof  Download PDF
Chapter  23:  What Makes a Musical? Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Dance in Musical Theater Revival and Adaptation Download PDF
Chapter  25:  The Convergence of Dance Styles in Hamilton: An American Musical  Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Post-Secular Musicals in a Post-Truth World Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Let’s Do the Time Warp Again Download PDF
Chapter  28:  The Eye of the Storm Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Parent/Child Relationships in the Musicals of Stephen Schwartz Download PDF
Chapter  30:  John Kander Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Unlikely Subjects Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Worshipping Lin-Manuel Miranda Download PDF
Chapter  33:  “Trash Talk and Virtual Protests” Download PDF
Chapter  34:  The Great Generational Divide Download PDF
Chapter  35:  Play It Again (and Again, and Again) Download PDF
Chapter  36:  Joss Whedon and the Geek Musical Download PDF
Chapter  37:  “YouTube! Musicals! YouTubesicals!” Download PDF
Chapter  38:  Dual-Focus Strategy in a Serial Narrative Download PDF
Chapter  39:  Sharon McQueen and Milwaukee’s Alternative Regional Musical Theater Download PDF
Chapter  40:  Musicals in the Regional Theater Download PDF
Chapter  41:  Big River Download PDF
Chapter  42:  The Third Biggest Market Download PDF
Chapter  43:  The Korean Self/American Other Download PDF
Chapter  44:  The Lion King Download PDF
Bibliography Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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