Approaches to the American Musical

Robert Lawson-Peebles

Approaches to the American Musical

Robert Lawson-Peebles

Distributed for University of Exeter Press

192 pages | 9 x 5-1/2 | © 1996
Paper $26.50 ISBN: 9780859894050 Published January 1996 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
Most books on the American musical are little more than exercises in nostalgia. The specially commissioned essays that make up Approaches to the American Musical take a different view of the form. Going beyond the common assertion that musicals are simply escapist, these examinations of American stage and film musicals argue that Porgy and Bess, Top Hat, Kiss Me Kate and All That Jazz were popular precisely because they engaged with such important American issues as ethnicity, commerce and international relations.
1. Introduction: Cultural Musicology and the American Musical by Robert Lawson-Peebles

2. From Butterfly to Saigon: Europe, America, and "Success" by Wilfrid Mellers

3. There's No Business Like Show Business: A Speculative Reading of the Broadway Musical by Carey Wall

4. From Gold Diggers to Bar Girls: A Selective History of the American Movie Musical by Ralph Willett

5. Holy Yumpin' Yiminy: Scandinavian Immigrant Stereotypes in the Early Twentieth Century American Musical by Anne-Charlotte Hanes Harvey

6. Movies in Disguise: Negotiating Censorship and Patriarchy Through the Dances of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers by Sue Rickard

7. Brush Up Your Shakespeare: The Case of Kiss me, Kate by Robert Lawson-Peebles

8. Who Loves You Porgy? The Debates Surrounding Gershwin's Musical by David Horn

9. West Side Story Revisited by Wilfrid Mellers

10. Sondheim and the Art That Has No Name by Stephen Banfield

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