9781474234160

The Disney Musical on Stage and Screen Critical Approaches from 'Snow White' to 'Frozen'

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    9781474234160

  • ISBN10:

    147423416X

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2017-06-29
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama

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Summary

The Disney Musical: Critical Approaches on Stage and Screen is the first critical treatment of the corporation's hugely successful musicals both on screen and on the stage. . Its 13 articles open up a new territory in the critical discussion of the Disney mega-musical, its gender, sexual and racial politics, outreach work and impact of stage, film and television adaptations. Covering early 20th century works such as the first full-length feature film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), to The Lion King - Broadway's highest grossing production in history, and Frozen (2013), this edited collection offers a diverse range of theoretical engagements that will appeal to readers of film and media studies, musical theatre, cultural studies, and theatre and performance.

The volume is divided into three sections to provide a contextual analysis of Disney's most famous musicals:
· DISNEY MUSICALS: ON FILM
· DISNEY ADAPTATIONS: ON STAGE AND BEYOND
· DISNEY MUSICALS: GENDER AND RACE

The first section employs film theory, semiotics and film music analysis to explore the animated works and their links to the musical theatre genre. The second section addresses various stage versions and considers Disney's outreach activities, cultural value and productions outside the Broadway theatrical arena. The final section focuses on issues of gender and race portraying representations of race, hetero-normativity, masculinity and femininity in Newsies, Frozen, High School Musical, Aladdin and The Jungle Book.

The various chapters address these three aspects of the Disney Musical and offer new critical readings of a vast range of important works from the Disney musical cannon including Enchanted, Mary Poppins, Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Lion King and versions of musicals for television in the early 1990s and 2000s. The critical readings are detailed, open-minded and come to surprising conclusions about the nature of the Disney Musical and its impact.

Author Biography

George Rodosthenous is Lecturer in Music Theatre at the School of Performance and Cultural Industries of the University of Leeds, UK. He is the Artistic Director of the theatre company 'Altitude North' and also works as a freelance director/composer for the theatre. He is the editor of Contemporary Adaptations of Greek Tragedy: Auteurship and Directorial Visions.

Table of Contents

PART A

1. Medieval “Beauty” and Romantic “Song” in Animated Technirama: Pageantry, Tableau, and Action in Disney's Sleeping Beauty – Raymond Knapp (University of California, Los Angeles)
2. Music and the Aura of Reality in Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Elizabeth Randell Upton, (University of California, Los Angeles)
3. Musicals in the Mirror: Enchanted, Self-Reflexivity, and Disney's Sudden Boldness – Paul Laird (University of Kansas)
4. Mary Poppins: A Precursor of the Matriarchal Musical – Tim Stephenson (University of Leeds)

PART B
5. The Lion King: A Blockbuster Feline on Broadway and Beyond – Barbara Wallace Grossman (Tufts University)
6. Disney as Broadway Auteur: The Disney Versions of Broadway Musicals for Television in the Late 1990s and Early 2000s – Geoffrey Block (University of Puget Sound)
7. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996): Too far “Out There”? Olaf Jubin – (Regent's University London)
8. Not Only on Broadway: Disney Junior Across the United States – Stacy E. Wolf (Princeton Atelier, Princeton University)

PART C
9. Dancing toward Masculinity: Newsies and Homosocial Choreography – Aaron C. Thomas (Dartmouth College)
10. “For the first time in forever”: locating Frozen as a feminist Disney musical – Sarah Whitfield (University of Wolverhampton)
11. “We're All in This Together”: Being Girls and Boys in High School Musical (2006) - Dominic Symonds (University of Lincoln)
12. Ashman's Aladdin Archive: Queer Orientalism in the Disney Renaissance – Sam Baltimore (Twoson University)
13. “I wanna be like you”: Negotiating race, racism and Orientalism in The Jungle Book on stage– Stefanie Jones, Donatella Galella, Catherine Young, and Emily Clark (City University of New York)


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