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Acting Operatically

Marianne Sharp.

in Gestures of Music Theater

December 2013; p ublished online April 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Popular Music; Dance. 7556 words.

Focusing on what this chapter terms its “operatic” vocal score, this chapter offers a detailed analysis of Fiona Shaw’s performance as Winnie in Beckett”s Happy Days (1961), in Deborah...

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Angry Dance

Judith A. Sebesta.

in Gestures of Music Theater

December 2013; p ublished online April 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Popular Music; Dance. 6972 words.

This essay explores how contemporary dance in Broadway musicals engages and activates the performativity of gendered identity, particularly masculine, through postmodern dance. First a...

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Coda

Judith Hamera.

in Unfinished Business

December 2017; p ublished online November 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Popular Music; Dance. 3633 words.

The coda to Unfinished Business begins with the election of Donald Trump as US president, presenting this as a bookend to the election of Ronald Reagan nearly four decades earlier....

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Combustible Hopes on the National Stage

Judith Hamera.

in Unfinished Business

December 2017; p ublished online November 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Popular Music; Dance. 19237 words.

This chapter argues for Detroit as an image and an actual place that spatializes and racializes the affective fallout of deindustrialization using three plays whose 2013 New York runs...

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Consuming Passions, Wasted Efforts

Judith Hamera.

in Unfinished Business

December 2017; p ublished online November 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Popular Music; Dance. 24759 words.

This chapter examines Michael Jackson’s fiscal travails from 2002 to the release of This Is It in 2010, reading coverage of his consumption, debt, and attempts at recovery as racialized...

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Dance Breaks and Dream Ballets

Mary Jo Lodge.

in Gestures of Music Theater

December 2013; p ublished online April 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Popular Music; Dance. 8103 words.

Musicals’ liminal moments are challenges because they exist at moments of change in the show when, for instance, a song is introduced or a dance concludes. This chapter examines...

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Deconstructing the Singer

Ainhoa Kaiero Claver.

in Gestures of Music Theater

December 2013; p ublished online April 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Popular Music; Dance. 6631 words.

Laurie Anderson’s multimedia performances reveal the change of music theater from the early economy of representation to the industrial economy of the simulacrum. Both the evolution of the...

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Dynamic Shape

Ben Macpherson.

in Gestures of Music Theater

December 2013; p ublished online April 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Popular Music; Dance. 6873 words.

This chapter considers the ways in which physical and dramaturgical sequences or textures juxtapose and discourse with each other in the performance of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats (1981)....

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Epilogue

Dominic Symonds and Millie Taylor.

in Gestures of Music Theater

December 2013; p ublished online April 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Popular Music; Dance. 2271 words.

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“Everything’s Coming Up Kurt”

Jessica Sternfeld.

in Gestures of Music Theater

December 2013; p ublished online April 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Popular Music; Dance. 10368 words.

This chapter examines the role of the Broadway showtune within the context of Glee (and several other television series), revealing the special place given to theater songs on television,...

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