Academic journal article Comparative Drama

British Musical Theatre since 1950

Academic journal article Comparative Drama

British Musical Theatre since 1950

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Robert Gordon, Olaf Jubin, and Millie Taylor. British Musical Theatre Since 1950. London: Bloomsbury, 2016. Pp. x + 274. $29.95.

This volume begins with a list of illustrations (ix-x) and an introduction (1-6). The primary text includes essays and case studies in three parts. Part 1, "Musicals and Social Change," by Robert Gordon, includes: "British Theatre and Society and the Second World War" (7-10); "Innovation and Nostalgia: Camp in the Postwar British Musical" (11-15); "Case Study 1: Salad Days" (16-27); "Rock and Roll and the Theatre Revolution" (28-30); "The Play with Music: Political Theatre and Working-Class Culture" (31-32); "Case Study 2: Blood Brothers" (33-43); "The Impact of Oliver!" (44-47); "After Jesus Christ Superstar. Globalization and Cultural Specificity" (48-49); "Case Study 3: Billy Elliot" (50-67); "Global and Local: The Family Musical" (68); "Case Study 4: Matilda - The Musical" (69-82). Part 2, "British Popular Culture and Musical Theatre," by Millie Taylor, includes: "Nostalgia in Dramatic Form" (84-90); "Case Study 5: Oh What a Lovely War!" (91-97); "Reflecting Multiculturalism" (98-108); "Case Study 6: Bombay Dreams" (109-14); "Changing Signification in Popular Music" (115-24); Case Study 7: Oliver! …

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