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By Michael Dunne

The musical has been referred to as “the most well liked kind of leisure within the world.” This paintings examines the themes, issues, and modern relevance of Hollywood musicals via their lengthy reputation, putting every one exhibit in ancient and political context and reading it in detail.
A bankruptcy is dedicated to how Golddiggers of 1933 (1933) and Stand Up and Cheer (1934) take care of the industrial crises of the Depressions. one other addresses race matters via reading the superiority of blackface minstrelsy within the Nineteen Thirties and Forties, taking a look at productions like Swing Time (1936) and Dixie (1943). Rock and roll tradition, which all started within the Fifties and threatened the United States with teenage intercourse and uprising, is addressed via such hits as Girl Crazy (1943), Bye Bye Birdie (1963), and Grease (1978).
The paintings additionally explores dance as a signifier of personality, the geography of musicals (such as manhattan or “the South”), delusion settings, Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly, and the musical biopic (mentioning biographies of such figures as Ziegfeld, Cohan, Rogers and Hart, Cole Porter, and Jerome Kern). A later bankruptcy discusses intertextuality in such indicates as Singin’ within the Rain (1952), which refers to many prior musicals; Kiss Me Kate (1953) which refers to Taming of the Shrew; and All That Jazz (1970) which refers back to the existence and paintings of Bob Fosse. The paintings concludes with an exam of the ongoing approval for the musical with such hits as Moulin Rouge (2001) and Chicago (2002).
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