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Author Hecht, Stuart Joel, 1955-

Title Transposing Broadway : Jews, assimilation, and the American musical / Stuart J. Hecht
Edition First edition
Published New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011
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Description 1 online resource (240 pages)
Series Palgrave studies in theatre and performance history
Palgrave studies in theatre and performance history.
Contents Introduction: Broadway as a Cultural Ellis Island€€ -- Hello, Young Lovers: Assimilation and Dramatic Configurations€€ -- The Melting Pot Paradigm of Irving Berlin€€ -- How to Succeed€€ -- Cinderellas€€ -- Turns of the Century: Dreams of Progress, Dreams of Loss€€ -- Fiddler's Children€ -- Epilogue:€Loveable Monsters
Introduction: Broadway as a cultural Ellis Island -- Hello, young lovers: assimilation and dramatic configurations in the American musical -- The melting pot paradigm of Irving Berlin -- How to succeed -- Cinderellas -- Turns of the century: dreams of progress, dreams of loss -- Fiddler's children -- Lovable monsters: an epilogue
Summary Over the last hundred years, musical theatre artists - from Berlin to Rodgers and Hammerstein to Sondheim - have developed a form that corresponds directly to the Americanization of the increasingly Jewish New York audience; and that audience's aspirations and concerns have played out in the shows themselves. Musicals thus became a paradigm which instructed newcomers in how to assimilate while correspondingly envisioning "American Dream" America as democratic and inclusive. Broadway musicals still continue to function today as "cultural Ellis Islands" for fringe populations seeking acceptance into the nation's mainstream - including women, blacks, Latinos, and gays - all essentially modeled upon the Jewish example. Stuart J. Hecht offers a fascinatingexamination of the relationship between Jews, assimilation, and the changing face of the American musical
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 221-226) and index
Subject Jews -- Cultural assimilation -- United States.
Jews -- United States -- Ethnic identity.
Musicals -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Palgrave Connect (Online service)
ISBN 1137001747 (electronic bk.)
9781137001740 (electronic bk.)