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The American Musical and the Performance of Personal Identity
Raymond Knapp

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

List of Figures ix
Explanatory Note about Audio Examples xi
Acknowledgments xiii
Entr'acte 1

Part One: PERSONAL GENRES 15

Chapter 1: The Viennese Connection: Franz Lehár and American Operetta 17
The Merry Widow (1907) 20
Naughty Marietta (1910) 31
Little Mary Sunshine (1959) 40
A Little Night Music (1973) 50

Chapter 2: The Movie Musical 65
Singin’ in the Rain (film, 1952) 70
Stormy Weather (film, 1943) and Bamboozled (film, 2000) 79
Meet Me in St. Louis (film, 1944) 94
Moulin Rouge (film, 2001) and Chicago (film, 2002) 102

Part Two: PERSONAL THEMES 119

Chapter 3: Fairy Tales and Fantasy 121
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (animated film, 1937) 125
The Wizard of Oz (film, 1939) 131
Mary Poppins (film, 1964) 141
Into the Woods (1987) 150

Chapter 4: Idealism and Inspiration 164
Camelot (1960) 170
Man of La Mancha (1965) 180
The Scarlet Pimpernel (1997) 189
Once More, with Feeling (television, 2001) 196

Chapter 5: Gender and Sexuality 205
Annie Get Your Gun (1946) 209
Gypsy (1959) 215
Sweet Charity (1966) 228
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (film, 1975) 240
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (1998; film, 2001) 252

Chapter 6: Relationships 264
Lady in the Dark (1941) 266
Kiss Me, Kate (1948) 273
My Fair Lady (1956) 284
Company (1970) 293
Passion (1994) 303
Epilogue 311

Chapter 7: Operatic Ambitions and Beyond 313
Candide (1956) 317
Sweeney Todd (1979) 331
Evita (1979) 342

Appendix: Additional Resources 357
Notes 377
Bibliography 433
Index 449

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