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By Michael Dunne

ISBN-10: 078641877X

ISBN-13: 9780786418770

The musical has been referred to as “the hottest kind of leisure within the world.” This paintings examines the topics, issues, and modern relevance of Hollywood musicals via their lengthy attractiveness, putting each one convey in ancient and political context and examining it in detail.
A bankruptcy is dedicated to how Golddiggers of 1933 (1933) and Stand Up and Cheer (1934) take care of the industrial crises of the Depressions. one other addresses race matters by way of interpreting the superiority of blackface minstrelsy within the Thirties and Nineteen Forties, productions like Swing Time (1936) and Dixie (1943). Rock and roll tradition, which begun within the Fifties and threatened the USA with teenage intercourse and uprising, is addressed via such hits as Girl Crazy (1943), Bye Bye Birdie (1963), and Grease (1978).
The paintings additionally explores dance as a signifier of personality, the geography of musicals (such as ny or “the South”), delusion settings, Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly, and the musical biopic (mentioning biographies of such figures as Ziegfeld, Cohan, Rogers and Hart, Cole Porter, and Jerome Kern). A later bankruptcy discusses intertextuality in such indicates as Singin’ within the Rain (1952), which refers to many previous musicals; Kiss Me Kate (1953) which refers to Taming of the Shrew; and All That Jazz (1970) which refers back to the lifestyles and paintings of Bob Fosse. The paintings concludes with an exam of the continued approval for the musical with such hits as Moulin Rouge (2001) and Chicago (2002).
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