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West Side story : cultural perspectives on an American musical / Elizabeth A. Wells.

Author/Creator:
Wells, Elizabeth Anne, 1964-
Publication:
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2011.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (327 p.)
Subjects:
Musicals -- United States -- History and criticism.
Popular culture -- New York (State) -- New York.
Bernstein, Leonard, 1918-1990. West Side story.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
English
Summary:
West Side Story: Cultural Perspectives on an American Musical 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 1950's 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.
Contents:
"There's a place for us" : reflections on an American musical
From Gangway! to Broadway : genesis of the musical
"Music about music" : Bernstein and West Side story
"Mambo!" : West Side story and the Hispanic
"I and Velma ain't dumb" : the women of West Side story
"A boy like that" : the gangs of West Side story
From the West Side to the East Side : reception and revision
"Finale"
Appendix A: Lyrics to select songs
Appendix B: Chronology
Appendix C: Cast and crew of various productions, including award nominations and wins.
Notes:
Description based upon print version of record.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 277-298), discography (pages 275-276), and index.
Description based on print version record.
ISBN:
1-4616-7422-0
OCLC:
854971638
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