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Author Hecht, Stuart Joel, 1955-

Title Transposing Broadway [electronic resource] ; Jews, assimilation, and the American musical / Stuart J. Hecht.

Published Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.


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Physical description 240 p.
Series Palgrave studies in theatre and performance history
Notes Electronic book text.
Epublication based on: 9780230113275, 2011.
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.
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Summary Hecht examines the relationship between Jewish assimilation and the changing face of the American musical though the twentieth century and into the twenty-first century. 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.
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History notes Stuart J. Hecht is an associate professor and Chair of Theatre and affiliated faculty of Jewish Studies atBoston College.
Subject Musicals -- History and criticism -- 20th century -- United States.
Jews -- Cultural assimilation -- United States.
Jews -- Identity -- United States.
Musicals -- USA.
Theatre studies -- USA.
Jewish studies -- USA.
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