The Oxford Handbook of the Global Stage Musical

Gordon, Robert J. and Jubin, Olaf, eds. 2024. The Oxford Handbook of the Global Stage Musical. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780190909734 [Edited Book]

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The stage musical constitutes a major industry not only in the US and the UK, but in many regions of the world. Over the last four decades many countries have developed their own musical theatre industries, not only by importing hit shows from Broadway and London but also by establishing or reviving local traditions of musical theatre. In response to the rapid growth of musical theatre as a global phenomenon, The Oxford Handbook of the Global Stage Musical presents new scholarly approaches to issues arising from these new international markets.

The volume examines the stage musical from theoretical and empirical perspectives including concepts of globalization and consumer culture, performance and musicological analysis, historical and cultural studies, media studies, notions of interculturalism and hybridity, gender studies, and international politics. The thirty-three essays investigate major aspects of the global musical, such as the dominance of Western colonialism in its early production and dissemination, racism and sexism—both in representation and in the industry itself—as well as current conflicts between global and local interests in postmodern cultures.

Featuring contributors from seventeen countries, the essays offer informed insider perspectives that reflect the diversity of the subject and offer in-depth examinations of specific cultural and economic systems. Together, they conduct penetrating comparative analysis of musical theatre in different contexts as well as a survey of the transcultural spread of musicals.

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Theatre and Performance (TAP)


18 January 2024

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15 May 2024 15:57

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