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Title Musical Comedy on the West End Stage 1890 1939
Author L. Platt
Publisher Springer
Release 2004-03-09
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 207
ISBN 0230512682
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

This book offers the first full historical treatment of a music theatre that was once at the centre of London's West End. From the late Victorian period to the early 1920s, musical comedy was the single most popular form of 'legitimate' theatre entertainment. This lively account establishes musical comedy as one of the first industrial cultures and offers fascinating insights into how it functioned ideologically as a celebrated embracing of the modern condition.

Title Cultural Identity in British Musical Theatre 1890 1939
Author Ben Macpherson
Publisher Springer
Release 2018-05-15
Category Performing Arts
Total Pages 245
ISBN 1137598077
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This book examines the performance of ‘Britishness’ on the musical stage. Covering a tumultuous period in British history, it offers a fresh look at the vitality and centrality of the musical stage, as a global phenomenon in late-Victorian popular culture and beyond. Through a re-examination of over fifty archival play-scripts, the book comprises seven interconnected stories told in two parts. Part One focuses on domestic and personal identities of ‘Britishness’, and how implicit anxieties and contradictions of nationhood, class and gender were staged as part of the popular cultural condition. Broadening in scope, Part Two offers a revisionary reading of Empire and Otherness on the musical stage, and concludes with a consideration of the Great War and the interwar period, as musical theatre performed a nostalgia for a particular kind of ‘Britishness’, reflecting the anxieties of a nation in decline.

Title Popular Musical Theatre in London and Berlin
Author Len Platt
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Release 2014-09-25
Category Drama
Total Pages
ISBN 1316061515
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In the decades before the Second World War, popular musical theatre was one of the most influential forms of entertainment. This is the first book to reconstruct early popular musical theatre as a transnational and highly cosmopolitan industry that included everything from revues and operettas to dance halls and cabaret. Bringing together contributors from Britain and Germany, this collection moves beyond national theatre histories to study Anglo-German relations at a period of intense hostility and rivalry. Chapters frame the entertainment zones of London and Berlin against the wider trading routes of cultural transfer, where empire and transatlantic song and dance produced, perhaps for the first time, a genuinely international culture. Exploring adaptations and translations of works under the influence of political propaganda, this collection will be of interest both to musical theatre enthusiasts and to those interested in the wider history of modernism.

Title German Operetta on Broadway and in the West End 1900 1940
Author Derek B. Scott
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Release 2019-07-11
Category Music
Total Pages 395
ISBN 1108484581
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Uncovers a world of forgotten triumphs of musical theatre that shine a light on major social topics. This book is also available as Open Access on Cambridge Core.

London s West End by Rohan McWilliam

Title London s West End
Author Rohan McWilliam
Publisher Oxford University Press
Release 2020-09-25
Category History
Total Pages 368
ISBN 019255641X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

How did the West End of London become the world's leading pleasure district? What is the source of its magnetic appeal? How did the centre of London become Theatreland? London's West End, 1800-1914 is the first ever history of the area which has enthralled millions. The reader will discover the growth of theatres, opera houses, galleries, restaurants, department stores, casinos, exhibition centres, night clubs, street life, and the sex industry. The area from the Strand to Oxford Street came to stand for sensation and vulgarity but also the promotion of high culture. The West End produced shows and fashions whose impact rippled outwards around the globe. During the nineteenth century, an area that serviced the needs of the aristocracy was opened up to a wider public whilst retaining the imprint of luxury and prestige. Rohan McWilliam tells the story of the great artists, actors and entrepreneurs who made the West End: figures such as Gilbert and Sullivan, the playwright Dion Boucicault, the music hall artiste Jenny Hill, and the American Harry Gordon Selfridge who wanted to create the best shop in the world. At the same time, McWilliam explores the distinctive spaces created in the West End, from the glamour of Drury Lane and Covent Garden, through to low life bars and taverns. We encounter the origins of the modern star system and celebrity culture. London's West End, 1800-1914 moves from the creation of Regent Street to the glory days of the Edwardian period when the West End was the heart of empire and the entertainment industry. Much of modern culture and consumer society was shaped by a relatively small area in the middle of London. This pioneering study establishes why that was.

Title Nation and Race in West End Revue
Author David Linton
Publisher Springer Nature
Release 2021-07-31
Category Performing Arts
Total Pages 202
ISBN 3030752097
Language English, Spanish, and French
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London West End revue constituted a particular response to mounting social, political, and cultural insecurities over Britain’s status and position at the beginning of the twentieth century. Insecurities regarding Britain’s colonial rule as exemplified in Ireland and elsewhere, were compounded by growing demands for social reform across the country — the call for women’s emancipation, the growth of the labour, and the trade union movements all created a climate of mounting disillusion. Revue correlated the immediacy of this uncertain world, through a fragmented vocabulary of performance placing satire, parody, social commentary, and critique at its core and found popularity in reflecting and responding to the variations of the new lived experiences. Multidisciplinary in its creation and realisation, revue incorporated dance, music, design, theatre, and film appropriating pre-modern theatre forms, techniques, and styles such as burlesque, music hall, pantomime, minstrelsy, and pierrot. Experimenting with narrative and expressions of speech, movement, design, and sound, revue displayed ambivalent representations that reflected social and cultural negotiations of previously essentialised identities in the modern world. Part of a wide and diverse cultural space at the beginning of the twentieth century it was acknowledged both by the intellectual avant-garde and the workers theatre movement not only as a reflexive action, but also as an evolving dynamic multidisciplinary performance model, which was highly influential across British culture. Revue displaced the romanticism of musical comedy by combining a satirical listless detachment with a defiant sophistication that articulated a fading British hegemonic sensibility, a cultural expression of a fragile and changing social and political order.

Title The Oxford Handbook of the British Musical
Author Robert Gordon
Publisher Oxford University Press
Release 2016
Category Music
Total Pages 777
ISBN 0199988749
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

The first comprehensive academic survey of British musical theatre from its origins, The Oxford Handbook of the British Musical offers both a historical account of musical theatre from 1728 and a range of in-depth critical analyses of key works and productions that illustrate its aesthetic values and sociocultural meanings.

Assembling Identities by Sam Wiseman

Title Assembling Identities
Author Sam Wiseman
Publisher Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Release 2014-10-21
Category Art
Total Pages 260
ISBN 1443870420
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

This collection of sixteen essays, drawn from across the arts, humanities and social sciences, represents a cross-disciplinary exploration of some of the ways in which identities - whether of individuals, communities, or nations - are constructed, maintained and contested. It is introduced by the editor, Sam Wiseman, with a preface by Regenia Gagnier, and the essays are subdivided into four sections: Performative Identities; British Identities; Ethnic, Bodily and Sexual Identities; and Visual ...

The Globalization of Theatre 1870 1930 by Christopher B. Balme

Title The Globalization of Theatre 1870 1930
Author Christopher B. Balme
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Release 2019-10-24
Category Drama
Total Pages 291
ISBN 1108487890
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Explores the fascinating career of Maurice E. Bandmann and his global theatrical circuit in the early twentieth century.

Title The Cambridge Companion to Operetta
Author Anastasia Belina
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Release 2019-12-05
Category Music
Total Pages 347
ISBN 1107182166
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

A collection of essays revealing how operetta spread across borders and became popular on the musical stages of the world.