Twenty-First Century Musicals: From Stage to Screen

1st Edition

George Rodosthenous

Routledge
Published August 15, 2017
Reference - 236 Pages
ISBN 9781138648890 - CAT# Y228464

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Summary

Twenty-First Century Musicals stakes a place for the musical in today’s cinematic landscape, taking a look at leading contemporary shows from their stage origins to their big-screen adaptations. Each chapter offers a new perspective on a single musical, challenging populist narratives and exploring underlying narratives and sub-texts in depth. Themes of national identity; race, class and gender; the ‘voice’ and ‘singing live’ on film; authenticity; camp sensibilities; and the celebration of failure are addressed in a series of questions including:

  • How does the film adaptation provide a different viewing experience from the stage version?

  • What themes are highlighted in the film adaptation?
  • What does the new casting bring to the work?
  • Do camera angles dictate a different reading from the stage version?
  • What is lost/gained in the process of adaptation to film?

Re-interpreting the contemporary film musical as a compelling art form, Twenty-First Century Musicals is a must-read for any student or scholar keen to broaden their understanding of musical performance.

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