The Routledge Companion To The Contemporary American Stage Musical Is Dedicated To The Stage Musical S Changing, Evolving Relationship To American Culture In The Very Late 20th And Early 21st Centuries In The Past Decade And A Half, International Scholars From An Ever Widening Number Of Disciplines And Specializations Have Been Actively Contributing To The Burgeoning, Consciously Interdisciplinary Field Of Musical Theater Studies American Musicals Have Served To Mirror The Sociopolitical, Economic, And Cultural Tenor Of The Times Not Just Reflecting Culture, They Have Helped Shape And Influence It A Genre That May Seem, At First Glance, To Be Light Hearted And Escapist Serves Also As A Bold Commentary On Society.Forty Five Essays Examine The American Stage Musical As An Ever Shifting Product Of An Ever Changing Culture, And Collectively Shed New Light On The American Musical As A Thriving, Contemporary Performing Arts Genre That Could Have Died Out In The Post Tin Pan Alley Era, But Instead Has Managed To Remain Culturally Viable And Influential, In Part By Newly Embracing A Series Of Complex Contradictions At Present, The American Stage Musical Is A Live, Localized, Old Fashioned Genre That Has Simultaneously Developed Into An Increasingly Globalized, Tech Savvy, Intensely Mediated Mass Entertainment Form Similarly, As It Has Become Increasingly International In Its Scope And Appeal, The Stage Musical Has Also Become Firmly Rooted To Broadway The Idea, If Not The Place And Thus Branded As A Quintessentially American Entertainment.
- 536 pages
- The Routledge Companion to the Contemporary American Stage Musical
- Jessica Sternfeld
- 01 July 2017 Jessica Sternfeld