Changed for Good
A Feminist History of the Broadway MusicalBook - 2011
From Adelaide in "Guys and Dolls" to Nina in "In the Heights" and Elphaba in "Wicked, " female characters in Broadway musicals have belted and crooned their way into the American psyche. In this lively book, Stacy Wolf illuminates the women of American musical theatre--performers, creators, and characters--from the start of the Cold War to the present day, creating a new, feminist history of the genre. The musicals discussed here are among the most beloved in the canon--"West Side Story, " "Cabaret, " "A Chorus Line, " "Phantom of the Opera, " and many others--with special emphasis on the blockbuster "Wicked." Along the way, Wolf demonstrates how the musical since the mid-1940s has actually been dominated by women--women onstage, women in the wings, and women offstage as spectators and fans.
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, c2011.
Characteristics: xii, 306 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Alternative Title: A feminist history of the Broadway musical.