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Stephen Sondheim and the Reinvention of the American Musical$
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Robert L. McLaughlin

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781496808554

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2018

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496808554.001.0001

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Move On

Move On

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Stephen Sondheim and the Reinvention of the American Musical

Robert L. McLaughlin

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter returns to the larger context of the American musical in the last part of the twentieth century and the beginning of the twenty-first. It surveys other musicals of the 1970s and 1980s that, like Sondheim’s, explore postmodern themes through postmodern techniques. It also looks at several musicals of the 1990s and 2000s—such shows as Parade, Floyd Collins, A Man of No Importance, Rent, and See What I Wanna See—influenced by Sondheim’s body of work, that, like his recent work, wrestle with the problem of acknowledging our immersion in language while seeking to point to a reality beyond language.

Keywords:   Parade, Floyd Collins, Man of No Importance, Rent, See What I Wanna See

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