Children, Childhood, and Musical Theater (Studies in Childhood) (Paperback)

Children, Childhood, and Musical Theater (Studies in Childhood) By Donelle Ruwe (Editor), James Leve (Editor) Cover Image
By Donelle Ruwe (Editor), James Leve (Editor)
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Bringing together scholars from musicology, literature, childhood studies, and theater, this volume examines the ways in which children's musicals tap into adult nostalgia for childhood while appealing to the needs and consumer potential of the child. The contributors take up a wide range of musicals, including works inspired by the books of children's authors such as Roald Dahl, P.L. Travers, and Francis Hodgson Burnett; created by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lionel Bart, and other leading lights of musical theater; or conceived for a cast made up entirely of children. The collection examines musicals that propagate or complicate normative attitudes regarding what childhood is or should be. It also considers the child performer in movie musicals as well as in professional and amateur stage musicals. This far-ranging collection highlights the special place that musical theater occupies in the imaginations and lives of children as well as adults. The collection comes at a time of increased importance of musical theater in the lives of children and young adults.

About the Author

James Leve is a Professor of Musicology at Northern Arizona University. Donelle Ruwe is Professor and Chair of English at Northern Arizona University.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781032400525
ISBN-10: 1032400528
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: August 29th, 2022
Pages: 278
Language: English
Series: Studies in Childhood