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Stephen Sondheim and the Reinvention of the American Musical
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Stephen Sondheim and the Reinvention of the American Musical

Robert L. McLaughlin

Abstract

From West Side Story in 1957 to Road Show in 2008, the musicals of Stephen Sondheim and his collaborators have challenged the conventions of the American musical theater and expanded the possibilities of what musical plays can do, how they work, and what they mean. Stephen Sondheim and the Reinvention of the American Musical places Sondheim’s musicals in two contexts: the exhaustion of the Rodgers and Hammerstein-style musical play that flourished after World War II; and the postmodernism that by the 1960s influenced all the U.S. arts. Sondheim’s musicals are central to the transition from the ... More

Keywords: Sondheim, Musical theatre, Postmodernism, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Narrative

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781496808554
Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2018 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496808554.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert L. McLaughlin, author
Illinois State University