Changed for Good

Changed for Good

A Feminist History of the Broadway Musical

Book - 2011
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From Adelaide in "Guys and Dolls" to Nina in "In the Heights" and Elphaba in "Wicked," female characters in Broadway musicals have belted and crooned their way into the American psyche. In this lively book, Stacy Wolf illuminates the women of American musical theatre - performers, creators,and characters - from the start of the cold war to the present day, creating a new, feminist history of the genre. Moving from decade to decade, Wolf first highlights the assumptions that circulated about gender and sexuality at the time. She then looks at the leading musicals to stress the keyaspects of the plays as they relate to women, and often finds overlooked moments of empowerment for female audience members. The musicals discussed here are among the most beloved in the canon - "West Side Story," "Cabaret," "A Chorus Line," "Phantom of the Opera," and many others - with special emphasis on the blockbuster "Wicked." Along the way, Wolf demonstrates how the musical since the mid-1940s has actually beendominated by women - women onstage, women in the wings, and women offstage as spectators and fans.
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, [2011]
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9780195378238
Branch Call Number: 782.14082 WOL
Characteristics: xii, 306 pages :,illustrations ;,24 cm


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fairboy Dec 28, 2011

This must be a published thesis. If you've read other Broadway books you will learn nothing from this one.

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