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Author Knapp, Raymond.
Title The American musical and the performance of personal identity / Raymond Knapp.
Imprint Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 2009.

Author Knapp, Raymond.
Subject Musicals -- United States -- History and criticism.
Musicals -- Social aspects -- United States.
Personality and culture.
Musical films -- United States -- History and criticism.
Description 1 online resource (xv, 470 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 433-447) and index.
Summary The American musical has long provided an important vehicle through which writers, performers, and audiences reimagine who they are and how they might best interact with the world around them. Musicals are especially good at this because they provide not only an opportunity for us to enact dramatic versions of alternative identities, but also the material for performing such alternatives in the real world, through songs and the characters and attitudes those songs project. This book addresses a variety of specific themes in musicals that serve this general function: fairy tale and fantasy, idealism and inspiration, gender and sexuality, and relationships, among others. It also considers three overlapping genres that are central, in quite different ways, to the projection of personal identity: operetta, movie musicals, and operatic musicals. --From publisher's description.
Contents Personal genres. The Viennese connection : Franz Lehar and American operetta (The merry widow (1907). Naughty Marietta (1910). Little Mary Sunshine (1959). A little night music (1973)) -- The movie musical (Singin' in the rain (film, 1952). Stormy weather (film, 1943) and Bamboozled (film, 2000). Meet me in St. Louis (film, 1944). Moulin Rouge (film, 2001) and Chicago (film, 2002)).
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9781400832682 (electronic bk.)
1400832683 (electronic bk.)
0691125244 (alk. paper)
9780691125244 (alk. paper)
OCLC # 650540514
Additional Format Print version: Knapp, Raymond. American musical and the performance of personal identity. Princeton, N.J. ; Woodstock : Princeton University Press, 2009 9780691141053 (OCoLC)276340707

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