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By Michael Dunne

The musical has been referred to as “the most well-liked type of leisure within the world.” This paintings examines the themes, topics, and modern relevance of Hollywood musicals via their lengthy recognition, putting each one express in old and political context and interpreting it in detail.
A bankruptcy is dedicated to how Golddiggers of 1933 (1933) and Stand Up and Cheer (1934) care for the commercial crises of the Depressions. one other addresses race concerns via analyzing the superiority of blackface minstrelsy within the Thirties and Nineteen Forties, productions like Swing Time (1936) and Dixie (1943). Rock and roll tradition, which all started within the Nineteen Fifties and threatened the USA with teenage intercourse and uprising, is addressed via such hits as Girl Crazy (1943), Bye Bye Birdie (1963), and Grease (1978).
The paintings additionally explores dance as a signifier of personality, the geography of musicals (such as long island or “the South”), fable settings, Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly, and the musical biopic (mentioning biographies of such figures as Ziegfeld, Cohan, Rogers and Hart, Cole Porter, and Jerome Kern). A later bankruptcy discusses intertextuality in such indicates as Singin’ within the Rain (1952), which refers to many past musicals; Kiss Me Kate (1953) which refers to Taming of the Shrew; and All That Jazz (1970) which refers back to the lifestyles and paintings of Bob Fosse. The paintings concludes with an exam of the ongoing approval for the musical with such hits as Moulin Rouge (2001) and Chicago (2002).
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