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Shakespeare and the American Musical by Irene G. Dash
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Irene G. Dash explores the influence of Shakespeare on American musical theatre through analyses of five important productions from 1938 through 1971 - "The Boys from Syracuse" ("The Comedy of Errors"), "Kiss Me, Kate" ("Taming of the Shrew"), "West Side Story" ("Romeo and Juliet"), "Your Own Thing" ("Twelfth Night"), and "Two Gentlemen of Verona". Dash argues that adaptations of Shakespeare were instrumental in the alteration of the musical theatre formula from the stock plots and song forms of the 1930s musical comedy to the more organic 'integrated musical,' where songs and dance sequences were used to advance the plot rather than break the action. In bringing together these well-known works, Dash offers a fresh look at the development of American musical theatre and a new understanding of Shakespeare in the modern American context.
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January 22nd, 2010
Country of Publication
United States
21 b&w illustrations
Indiana University Press
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