Academic journal article Notes

New Periodicals

Academic journal article Notes

New Periodicals

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This semiannual column selectively lists newly issued periodicals; describes their objectives, formats, and contents; and provides information about special issues, title and format changes, mergers, and cessations. The following resources were frequently consulted when assembling this column: International Index to Music Periodicals (IIMP;, Music Index (MI;, RILM Abstracts of Music Literature, (RILM;, OCLC Worldcat and Ulrieh's Periodical Directory ( All Web sites were accessed on 23 September 2011 unless otherwise specified.


Studies in Musical Theatre. Edited by Dominic Symonds and George Burrows. Intellect, Ltd. Three issues per year. Vol. 5, issue 1 (March 2011). ISSN 1750-3159 (print); ISSN 1750-3167 (online). Print and online format (PDF). Access: /view-Journal,id=l 19/. Subscription or inquiries: Turpin Distribution, The Bleachery, 143 West Street, New Milford, CT 06776. E-mail: $65 individuals (print); $350 institutions (print and online); $290 institutions (online only).

Studies in Musical Theatre describes itself as the first academic periodical in the discipline and provides a much needed platform in the scholarly community. This fully peer-reviewed journal began its run in 2007 and continues to publish three volumes annually. Although typically edited by founders Dominic Symonds and George Burrows of the University of Portsmouth, Great Britain, guest editors are also employed, speaking to the journal's spirit of collaboration, a trait typical of musical theater itself. The most recent volume (volume 5, number 1), dedicated to "Musical Theatre and the almighty dollar," for example, was edited by American musical theater scholars Elizabeth Wo11man and Jessica Sternfeld.

Each issue of Studies in Musical Theatre accepts submissions for articles focused on the broad topic of musical theater (5,000-6,000 words), reviews of recent publications (1,000 words), and a unique section "Re:Act," which is "specifically intended to encourage practice-related debate" (3,000-4,000 words). "Re: Act" is an underutilized part of the journal but was created to provide a place for performers, writers, and directors to offer their "informed perspective."

Because musical theater is known for bringing the creative disciplines of music, theater, and dance together on stage, it comes as no surprise that the journal's content has embraced all facets of the musical theater discipline. By looking at musical theater through a myriad of lenses (not only from a historical perspective, but from a performance perspective, as well) Studies in Musical Theatre introduces many scholarly topics and theories, all offered through approachable language and layout. This includes a list of keywords to categorize content, which is found at the beginning of each article.

The standard for interdisciplinary content was set in the inaugural edition of this journal, which includes articles on Roger and Hart's 1937 musical, I'd Rather Be Right; Frank Zappa's use of Broadway symbolism in his compositions Jm's Garage And Thing-Fish; examples of signification, empathy, and mimesis in The Rocky Horror Picture Show; and how the training of Broadway vocalists has changed in the era of American Idol, among others. Although dance scholarship was not represented in the first volume, dance articles have appeared throughout the journal run including the 2009 article "The Curious Case of Kykunkor: a "Dansical"/Musical Exploration and Reclamation of Asadata Dafora's Kykunkor, or The Witch Woman (1934)."

Since Studies in Musical Theatre is dedicated to the exploration of current musical theater scholarship in all its manifestations, the journal, along with its publisher, Intellect, sponsors a yearly conference, Song, Stage and Screen. …

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