Echoes of the Holocaust on the American Musical Stage

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McFarland, Oct 15, 2012 - Performing Arts - 223 pages
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With chapters on The Sound of Music, Milk and Honey, Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret, The Rothschilds, Rags, Ragtime and The Producers, this book examines both direct and indirect references to, or resonances of, the Holocaust, tracing changing American attitudes through the chronological progression of these musical productions and their subsequent revivals. Despite the abundance of writing on both musical theatre history and on the difficulties of Holocaust representation, history and theatre scholars alike have thus far ignored the intersections of these areas. The academy thereby risks excluding precisely those works that shed the most light on our culture's evolving response to the Shoah, an event that still helps to define American identity. This book redresses this lapse by focusing on the theatrical form seen by the greatest amount of people--musicals--which either trigger or reflect changing American mores.
 

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Contents

Preface
1
I History and Context
9
II The Sound of Music
24
III Milk and Honey
42
IV Fiddler on the Roof
66
V Cabaret
90
VI The Rothschilds
110
VII Rags and Ragtime
141
VIII The Producers
172
IX Conclusion
191
Works Cited
201
Index
211
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Jessica Hillman is an assistant professor of theatre and dance at the State University of New York at Fredonia. Her articles have been published in The Drama Review, Theatre Topics, and Studies in Musical Theatre among other journals.

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