2Musicaltheater - Musical theater, part 2. The musical...

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Musical theater, part 2 . The musical theater, from its beginnings but especially after World War Two, reflects and reveals much about American culture and social constructs. Predominately a creation of immigrants – predominantly first, second, and third generation Jewish immigrants – musicals often concern issues of assimilation, of community, and of the need to solidify communal values against outside threats. Later in the twentieth century, the musical is concerned with the relation between the individual and society; from approximately 1970 on, this often revolves around urban isolationism, difficulties concerning relationships (including a fear of commitment), and other social issues. 1943: Oklahoma! Music by Richard Rodgers, book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. As in Show Boat , Hammerstein combines the influences of operetta and musical comedy in a work that reflects feelings of American identity during a time of war. (The war – World War II -- was contemporaneous with the show’s production; it was not a part of
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This note was uploaded on 01/04/2010 for the course MUSL MUSL 147 taught by Professor Lovensheimer during the Fall '08 term at Vanderbilt.

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