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Creating America on Stage. Edition No. 1
VDM Publishing House, July 2009, Pages: 144
Musical theater has long suffered the reputation of
and unsophisticated with no real social significance.
musical theater has been an integral part of American
the early Twentieth Century. Specifically, it was
and lyricists who created and defined America on
writers were immigrants themselves, came from
or grew up as second-generation Jews in a land
troubled by anti-
Semitism; still, they were the ones who considered
worthwhile topic for the stage. This book defines the
attributes of “Jewish” music and lyrics, focusing on
the major works
of Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, George and Ira
Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Embedding
America’s social weaknesses into natural images of
they created a revolutionary depiction of America for
stage. Especially useful for scholars of American
Studies, Drama, Music, and Popular Culture, and for
aficionados, this book illustrates how what was
mere casual entertainment actually became a
Jill, Gold Wright.
Jill Y. Gold Wright, Ph.D. in English, Claremont Graduate
Birmingham University, England; University of California, Irvine.
at Mt. San Antonio College, Walnut, California.