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West Side Story: Cultural Perspectives on an American Musical

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Manufacturer: Scarecrow Press
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
Author(s): Elizabeth A. Wells

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Binding: Hardcover
Brand: Brand: Scarecrow Press
EAN: 9780810876668
Feature: Used Book in Good Condition
ISBN: 9780810876668
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Number Of Pages: 326
Publication Date: 2010-11-19
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
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In West Side Story: Cultural Perspectives on an American Musical, Wells presents a major scholarly study of the famous American musical West Side Story, viewing the work from cultural, historical, and musical perspectives. From the "mambo craze" of the 1950s to the work's ongoing permeation of popular culture, Wells looks at the myriad ways in which this canonic musical reflects and refracts American culture.

Drawing on primary documentary sources, oral history—including interviews with members of the original creative team such as Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents—and early sketch material, Wells explores the creation and dissemination of
West Side Story to diverse audiences. After a short history of West Side Story's creation, each chapter investigates the musical from a different cultural perspective, examining its relationship to the classical canon and Leonard Bernstein's investment in that tradition, juvenile delinquency in the 1950s, feminism and the women of West Side Story, Latin-American and Hispanic influences, and its international reception and distribution. Richly illustrated with images and musical examples and complete with factual appendixes like a chronological timeline, discography, and cast and crew list, this fascinating account is exciting for specialists and non-specialists alike.

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