Media and Performance in the Musical: An Oxford Handbook of the American Musical, Volume 2

Media and Performance in the Musical: An Oxford Handbook of the American Musical, Volume 2

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Overview

For the past several years, the American musical has continued to thrive by reflecting and shaping cultural values and social norms, and even commenting on politics, whether directly and on a national scale (Hamilton) or somewhat more obliquely and on a more intimate scale (Fun Home). New stage musicals, such as Come from Away and The Band's Visit, open on Broadway every season, challenging conventions of form and content, and revivals offer audiences a different perspective on extant shows (Carousel; My Fair Lady). Television musicals broadcast live hearken back to 1950s television's affection for musical theatre and aim to attract new audiences through the accessibility of television. Film musicals, including Les Misérables and Into the Woods, capitalize on the medium's technical capabilities of perspective and point of view, as well as visual spectacle. Television has embraced the genre anew, and with unexpected gusto, not only devising musical episodes for countless dramatic and comedy series, but also generating musical series such as Galavant and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. And animated musicals, such as Disney's Moana, hail child and adult audiences with their dual messages, vibrant visual vocabulary, and hummable music.

The chapters gathered in this book, Volume II of the reissued Oxford Handbook, explore the American musical from the various media in which musicals have been created to the different components of a musical and the people who do the work to bring a musical to life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780190877828
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 10/02/2018
Series: Oxford Handbooks Series
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 1,121,124
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Raymond Knapp is Professor of Musicology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Mitchell Morris is Associate Professor of Musicology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Stacy Wolf is Professor in the Program in Theater and Director of the Princeton Atelier in the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University.

Table of Contents

Introduction by Raymond Knapp

Part I. Media

1. Theater
Tamsen Wolff

2. The Filmed Musical
Raymond Knapp and Mitchell Morris

3. The Television Musical
Robynn J. Stilwell

4. The Animated Film Musical
Susan Smith

5. The Evolution of the Original Cast Album
George Reddick

Part II. Performance

6. The Institutional Structure of the American Musical Theater
David Sanjek

7. Orchestration and Arrangement: Creating the Broadway Sound
Dominic Symonds

8. Musical Theater Directors
Barbara Wallace Grossman

9. Sets, Costumes, Lights, and Spectacle
Virginia Anderson

10. Acting
John M. Clum

11. Singing
Mitchell Morris and Raymond Knapp

12. Dance and Choreography
Zachary A. Dorsey

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