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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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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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From Ear to Foot

Sabine Wilden.

in Gestures of Music Theater

December 2013; p ublished online April 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Popular Music; Dance. 6958 words.

With the aim of exploring the relationship between music and dance, and in particular, exploring choreographers’ diverse methods when working with music, two studies were executed. For the...

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Gestures of Music Theater

Dominic Symonds and Millie Taylor.

December 2013; p ublished online April 2014 .

Book. Subjects: Popular Music; Dance. 336 pages.

This book focuses on Song and Dance as performative gestures that not only entertain but also act on audiences and performers. The chapters range across musical theatre, opera, theatre and...

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“Love, Let Me Sing You”

Matthew Lockitt.

in Gestures of Music Theater

December 2013; p ublished online April 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Popular Music; Dance. 8936 words.

Michael John LaChiusa utilizes the musical theater’s two primary song forms, the book and the diegetic song, in his 2006 musical Bernarda Alba. Song and dance are purported to be functional...

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