The American Musical and the Performance of Personal Identity

The American Musical and the Performance of Personal Identity

Raymond Knapp

The American musical has lengthy supplied an immense motor vehicle during which writers, performers, and audiences reimagine who they're and the way they may most sensible have interaction with the area round them. Musicals are specifically sturdy at this simply because they supply not just a chance for us to enact dramatic types of different identities, but in addition the cloth for acting such possible choices within the actual global, via songs and the characters and attitudes these songs project.

This ebook addresses quite a few particular subject matters in musicals that serve this common functionality: fairy story and fable, idealism and idea, gender and sexuality, and relationships, between others. It additionally considers 3 overlapping genres which are relevant, in particularly other ways, to the projection of private identification: operetta, motion picture musicals, and operatic musicals.

one of the musicals mentioned are Camelot, Candide; Chicago; corporation; Evita; Gypsy; Into the Woods; Kiss Me, Kate; a bit evening song; guy of los angeles Mancha; Meet Me in St. Louis; The Merry Widow; Moulin Rouge; My reasonable girl; ardour; The Rocky Horror photograph convey; Singin' within the Rain; Stormy climate; Sweeney Todd; and The Wizard of Oz.

Complementing the author's prior paintings, The American Musical and the Formation of nationwide Identity, this ebook completes a two-volume thematic historical past of the style, designed for basic audiences and experts alike.

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