Journeys to the Past : the uses of memory and nostalgia in musical theatre

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Contribution to Book

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The Routledge Companion to Musical Theatre

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Laura MacDonald, editor ; Ryan Donovan, editor ; William A. Everett, editor




New York, New York



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Theatre & Dance

Publisher Statement

Global in scope and featuring thirty-five chapters from more than fifty dance, music, and theatre scholars and practitioners, The Routledge Companion to Musical Theatre introduces the fundamentals of musical theatre studies and highlights developing global trends in practice and scholarship.

Investigating the who, what, when, where, why, and how of transnational musical theatre, The Routledge Companion to Musical Theatre is a comprehensive guide for those studying the components of musical theatre, its history, practitioners, audiences, and agendas. The Companion expands the study of musical theatre to include the ways we practice and experience musicals, their engagement with technology, and their navigation of international commercial marketplaces. The Companion is the first collection to include global musical theatre in each chapter, reflecting the musical’s status as the world’s most popular theatrical form. This book brings together practice and scholarship, featuring essays by leading and emerging scholars alongside luminaries such as Chinese musical theatre composer San Bao, Tony Award-winning star André De Shields, and Tony Award-winning director Diane Paulus.

This is an essential resource for students on theatre and performance courses and an invaluable text for researchers and practitioners in these areas of study. -- publisher