Reframing the Musical


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Superman/Sidekick': White Storytellers and Black Lives in The Fortress of Solitude (2012) Hamilton (2015): Restaging a Revolution at the Expense of Black Revolt Rebuilding Posterity: Savion Glover's Choreography of Shuffle Along, Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 And All That Followed (2015) Black Conductors Make History on the Great 'White' Way: The Lost Labours of the Musical Director in Musical Theatre Creating a Theatrical Legacy: Examining Oscar Hammerstein II's British Legacy Beyond Rue Pigalle: Ada 'Bricktop' Smith as Muse, Mentor, and Maker of Transatlantic Musical Theatre 'Dedicated to the Proposition...', Raising Cultural Consciousness in the Musical, Hair (1967) 'Till We Find Our Place': Understanding The Lion King (1997) as a Vital Trope of Civic and Racial Presence in the New Millennium The Evolution of Musical Theatre in Spain Throughout the 20th and 21st Centuries Philippine Theatricality and the Aestheticization of Politics in David Byrne and Fatboy Slim's Here Lies Love 'Am I Just Like You?' Musematic Relationships in Jeanine Tesori's Score for Fun Home (2015) 'What about love?': Claiming and Re-Claiming LGBTQ+ Spaces in 21st Century Musical Theatre.

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This textbook offers a critical and inclusive overview of the musical in relation to issues of race, culture and identity. Challenging established narratives surrounding the musical, the contributors offer fresh and diverse insights into both historical and contemporary musicals.

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Sarah Whitfield is a Senior Lecturer in Musical Theatre and course leader for the MA in Musical Theatre at the University of Wolverhampton, UK.


Multiple authors come from diverse backgrounds and bring fresh perspectives on popular musicals as well as shows which had limited runs … testifies to the centrality of this form of popular theatre in America, while raising important questions for scholars, for artists and for audiences.
*Journal of American Drama and Theatre*

An exquisite anthology which covers musical theatre from South Pacific to Hamilton and Fun Home, featuring thought-provoking contributions from new, passionate and politically active musical theatre academics.
*George Rodosthenous, University of Leeds, UK*

A pathbreaking volume, as compelling as it is captivating. This volume gathers emerging and established voices in the interdisciplinary field of musical theatre studies to activate new routes of critical conversation and inquiry. Accessible to both the academic specialist and the interested enthusiast, this volume promises to be a relevant resource for teachers, scholars, students and fans of musical theatre for years to come.
*Brian E. Herrera, Princeton University, USA*

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