New York's Financial Crisis and the Adult Musical on Broadway

Elizabeth L. Wollman

in Hard Times

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199747481
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979417 | DOI:
                   New York's Financial Crisis and the Adult Musical on Broadway

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Chapter 9examines the socioeconomic health of New York City between the mid-1960s and mid-1970s, as well as its impact on the city's Broadway and Off Broadway theaters. The theater industry's desire to clean up an increasingly seedy Times Square by offering wholesome family- and tourist-friendly musicalsclashed with its need to keep up with the country's rapidly changing social and sexual mores and to compete with newer, more explicit, mass-mediated forms of entertainment. The view of the sexual revolution in the 1977 musical I Love My Wife reflects the ultimate “mainstreaming” of the adult musical.

Keywords: Let My People Come; Phil Oesterman; Earl Wilson Jr; Broadway; New York Financial Crisis; Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice; I Love My Wife; Cy Coleman; Michael Stewart

Chapter.  14103 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music ; Popular Music

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