Changed for Good A Feminist History of the Broadway Musical

ISBN-10: 0195378245

ISBN-13: 9780195378245

Edition: 2010

Authors: Stacy Ellen Wolf

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From Maria in "West Side Story" to Tracy Turnblatt in "Hairspray" 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 theater--performers, creators, and characters--from the start of the cold war to the present day, creating a new, feminist history of the genre, which finds often overlooked moments of empowerment for female audience members. Moving from decade to decade, Wolf first highlights the assumptions that circulated about gender and sexuality at the time, and then looks at the leading musicals, stressing the key aspects of the plays as they relate to women. The musicals discussed here are among the most beloved in the canon--"West Side Story," "Guys & Dolls," "Cabaret," "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.
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List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/7/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.902
Language: English

Stacy Wolf is Assistant Professor of Theater, University of Texas, Austin.

Introduction: "Defying Gravity"
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: Tm Beautiful and I'm Here"
"Changed for the Better": Queer Conventions in Wicked (2003)
"Its All About Popular": Wicked Divas and Internet Girl Fans 219
Epilogue: "Changed for Good"
Selected Bibliography
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