Changed for good A feminist history of the Broadway musical
Book - 2011
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. The musicals discussed here are among the most beloved in the can...on--"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 been dominated by women--women onstage, women in the wings, and women offstage as spectators and fans.
New York :
Oxford University Press
- Physical Description
- xii, 306 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
- Includes bibliographical references (p. 287-290) and index.
- Main Author
- The 1950s: "Marry the man today"
- The 1960s: "If my friends could see me now"
- The 1970s: "Everything was beautiful at the ballet"
- The 1980s: "The Phantom of the opera is there inside my mind"
- The 1990s-2000s: "I'm beautiful and I'm here"
- "Changed for the better": queer conventions in Wicked (2003)
- "It's all about popular": Wicked divas and internet girl fans
- Epilogue: "Changed for good."