Burlesque, Off Off Broadway, and the Birth of the Adult Musical

Elizabeth L. Wollman

in Hard Times

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199747481
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979417 | DOI:
                   Burlesque, Off Off Broadway, and the Birth of the Adult Musical

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Chapter 1 examines the aesthetic predecessors to the adult musical. These includerelatively early forms like vaudeville and burlesque, which developed and cross-pollinated through the late-19th and early 20th centuries. More immediate influences are also considered, in particular the Off Off Broadway scene as it developed from the mid-1950s through the 1970s. The rock musical Hair—which was developed Off Off Broadway in 1966, staged Off Broadway in 1967, and then reworked into an enormously successful Broadway production in 1968—is treated asan immediate and monumentally influential predecessor to the adult musical in general. The earliest of the adult musicals—We'd Rather Switch, Oh! Calcutta!, Salvation, and Stag Movie are discussed here.

Keywords: vaudeville; burlesque; Hair; Salvation; Stag Movie; Kenneth Tynan; David Newburge; Mario Manzini

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Subjects: American Music ; Popular Music

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