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American Cinderellas on the Broadway Musical Stage: Imagining the Working Girl from Irene to Gypsy Maya Cantu

American Cinderellas on the Broadway Musical Stage: Imagining the Working Girl from Irene to Gypsy

Maya Cantu

Published October 15th 2015
ISBN : 9781137561459
Hardcover
292 pages
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 About the Book 

Drawing upon Broadway musicals ranging from Irene (1919) to Gypsy (1959), American Cinderellas on the Broadway Musical Stage considers how Broadway musicals from the 1920s through the 1950s adapted and transformed Perraults fairy tale icon in orderMoreDrawing upon Broadway musicals ranging from Irene (1919) to Gypsy (1959), American Cinderellas on the Broadway Musical Stage considers how Broadway musicals from the 1920s through the 1950s adapted and transformed Perraults fairy tale icon in order to address changing social and professional roles for American women. Drawing heavily upon historical research in American culture and gender studies, Cantu analyzes female lyricists and librettists who were significant in translating Perraults heroine to the contexts and concerns of the American working girl. In exploring how these and other writers (of both sexes) adapted the Cinderella myth to a twentieth-century urban landscape, this book challenges traditional assumptions about the American musicals relationship to both feminism and modernism - placing the Cinderella story into the Broadway musical canon.