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MUSS3122
Reading List

Special Study in Musicology B, 2019/20, Semester 2
Dr Matthew Pritchard
m.pritchard1@leeds.ac.uk
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

General

Hischak, Thomas S., The Oxford Companion to the American Musical: Theatre, Film, and Television ISBN: 9780195335330 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008)

Mordden, Ethan, The Happiest Corpse I've Ever Seen: The Last Twenty-Five Years of the Broadway Musical ISBN: 0312239548 (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) [A quick word of warning for this one - the time period it covers is 1978-2003 and it is totally unreferenced. While the information is interesting and seems generally to be accurate, you are best corroborating it with other sources where possible!]

Smith, Susan, The Musical: Race, Gender and Performance ISBN: 1904764371 (London: Wallflower, 2005)

Wolf, Stacy, A Problem like Maria: Gender and Sexuality in the American Musical ISBN: 0472067729 (paper : alk. paper); 0472097725 (cloth : alk. paper) (Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, 2002)

Wolf, Stacy, Changed for Good: A Feminist History of the Broadway Musical (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011)

Wolff, Tamsen, 'Theater', in The Oxford Handbook of the American Musical, eds. Raymond Knapp, Mitchell Morris and Stacy Wolf (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011), pp. 127-135

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Week 1

Read before the class:

Coleman, Bud, 'New Horizons: The Musical at the Dawn of the Twenty-First Century', in The Cambridge Companion to the Musical, 3rd edition, eds. William A. Everett and Paul R. Laird (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017), pp. 356-380. Please read pages 356-372 (you can stop at the heading 'Producers', though feel free to read the rest if you want to!)

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Week 2

Read before the class:

Chapter 16 of: Block, Geoffrey, Enchanted Evenings: The Broadway Musical from Showboat to Sondheim and Lloyd Webber, 2nd edition (New York: Oxford University Press, 2009).

Other texts:

Laird, Paul R., 'How to Create a Musical: The Case of Wicked', in The Cambridge Companion to the Musical, 3rd edition, eds. William A. Everett and Paul R. Laird (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017), pp. 1-18

Swain, Joseph, The Broadway Musical: A Critical and Musical Survey, 2nd edition (Lanahm, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 2002)

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Week 3

Read before the class:

Warfield, Scott, 'From Hair to Rent: Has "Rock" Ever Been a Four-Letter Word on Broadway?', in The Cambridge Companion to the Musical, 3rd edition, eds. William A. Everett and Paul R. Laird (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017), pp. 264-280

Other texts:

Donnelly, K.J., 'Film and the Twilight of Rock (Rock is Dead and Film killed It) Nails in Rock’s Coffin: Post-Millennial Rock Musicals', in Contemporary Musical Film, eds. K.J. Donnelly and Beth Carroll (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016), pp. 25-39

Romano, Renee C., and Claire Bond Potter (eds.), Historians on Hamilton: How a Blockbuster Musical is Restaging America ISBN: 9780813590295 (pbk. : alk. paper); 9780813590301 (cloth : alk. paper) (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2018)

Studies in Musical Theatre. 'Special Issue: Hamilton as Cultural Phenomenon' 12.2 (June 2018) [there may well be other volumes with articles of relevance too]

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Week 4

Read before the class:

Chapter 8 of: Taylor, Millie, Musical Theatre, Realism and Entertainment (Basingstoke: Ashgate Press, 2012)

Other texts:

Fremaux, Stephanie, '"Is this real enough for you?": Lyrical articulation of The Beatles' songs in Across the Universe', in Contemporary Musical Film, eds. K.J. Donnelly and Beth Carroll (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016), pp. 72-88

Rodosthenous, G, 'Mamma Mia! and the Aesthetics of the Twenty-First-Century Jukebox Musical', in The Oxford Handbook of the British Musical, eds. Robert Gordon and Olaf Jubin (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016), pp. 613-63

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Week 5

Read before the class:

Donnelly, K.J. and Beth Caroll, 'Introduction: Reimagining the Contemporary Musical in the Twenty-first Century', in Contemporary Musical Film, eds. K.J. Donnelly and Beth Carroll (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016), pp. 1-9

Other texts:

Altman, Rick, The American film musical ISBN: 025320514X (pbk); 025330413X (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1987)

Bunch, Ryan, '"Love Is an Open Door": Revising and Repeating Disney's Musical Tropes in Frozen', in Contemporary Musical Film, eds. K.J. Donnelly and Beth Carroll (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016), pp. 89-103

Feuer, Jane, The Hollywood Musical, 2nd edition (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1993)

Grant, Barry, The Hollywood Film Musical (Oxford: WIley-Blackwell, 2012), particualrly chapter 9

Lodge, Mary Jo, 'Big Dreams on the Small Screen: The Television Musical', in The Cambridge Companion to the Musical, 3rd edition, eds. William A. Everett and Paul R. Laird (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017), pp. 406-422

Knapp, Raymond and Mitchell Morris, 'Filmed', in The Oxford Handbook of the American Musical, ed. by Raymond Knapp, Mitchell Morris and Stavy Wolf (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011), pp. 136-151

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Weeks 6 and 7

Read before Week 6:

Sapiro, Ian, '"You will know that she is our Annie”: Comparing three adaptations of a Broadway classic', in The Oxford Handbook of Musical Theatre Screen Adaptations, ed. Dominic McHugh (New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2019), pp. 475-494. [This is not yet published but you can download the text of this chapter from Minerva!]

Other texts:

Cartmell, Deborah, and Imelda Whelehan, Screen Adaptation: Impure Cinema ISBN: 9781403985507 (pbk.) : £16.99; 9781403985491 (hbk.) : £49.50; 1403985499 (hbk.) : £49.50; 1403985502 (pbk.) : £16.99 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010)

Haworth, Catherine, 'Star quality? Song, celebrity, and the jukebox musical in Mamma Mia!, in Contemporary Musical Film, eds. K.J. Donnelly and Beth Carroll (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016), pp. 107-122

Geraghty, Christine, Now a Major Motion Picture: Film Adaptations of Literature and Drama ISBN: 9780742538214 (pbk. : alk. paper); 9780742538207 (cloth : alk. paper); 0742538206 (cloth : alk. paper); 0742538214 (pbk. : alk. paper) (Lanham Md.: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers Inc., 2008)

Hutcheon, Linda, A Theory of Adaptation ISBN: 0415967953 (pbk.) : £13.99; 9780415967945 (hbk.) : £55.00; 0415967945 (hbk.) : £55.00; 9780415967952 (pbk.) : £13.99, 2nd edition (New York: Routledge, 2012)

Leitch, Thomas M., 'Twice-Told Tales: Disavowal and the Rhetoric of the Remake', in Dead Ringers: The Remake in Theory and Practice, eds. Jennifer Forrest and Leonard R. Koos (New York: State University of New York Press, 2002), pp. 37-62

Mera, Miguel, 'Invention/Re-invention', Music, Sound & the Moving Image. ISSN: 1753-0768 3.1 (Spring 2009): 1-20

Rodosthenous, G (ed.), Twenty-First Century Musicals: From Stage to Screen (New York: Routledge, 2018) [various chapters!]

Sapiro, Ian, 'Beyond the Barricade: Adapting Les Misérables for the Cinema', in Contemporary Musical Film, eds. K.J. Donnelly and Beth Carroll (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016), pp. 123-139

Sternfeld, Jessica, 'Revisiting Classic Musicals: Revivals, Films, Television and Recordings', in The Cambridge Companion to the Musical, 3rd edition, eds. William A. Everett and Paul R. Laird (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017), pp. 383-405

Woolford, Julian, 'Where Did We Go Right (and Wrong)? Success and Failure in the Adaptations of The Producers from and to the Screen', in Twenty-First Century Musicals: From Stage to Screen, ed. by George Rodosthenous (New York: Routledge, 2018), pp. 80-93

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Week 8

Read before the class:

Reddick, George, 'The Evolution of the Original Cast Album', in The Oxford Handbook of the American Musical, eds. Raymond Knapp, Mitchell Morris and Stacy Wolf (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011), pp. 179-193   Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Other texts:

Maslon, Laurence, Broadway to Main Street: How Show Tunes Enchanted America ISBN: 9780199832538 (alk. paper); 9780199832545 (updf); 9780190620417 (epub) (New York: Oxford University Press, 2018)

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Week 9

Read before the class:

Zavros, Demetris, 'London Road: The "Irruption of the Real" and Haunting Utopias in the Verbatim Musical', in Twenty-First Century Musicals: From Stage to Screen, ed. by George Rodosthenous (New York: Routledge, 2018), pp. 212-229

Other texts:

Whitfield, Sarah, 'Two Different Roads to New Musicals in 2011 London: London Road and Road Show', Studies in Musical Theatre. ISSN: 1750-3159 5.3 (January 2012): 305-314

Rodosthenous, G (ed.), Twenty-First Century Musicals: From Stage to Screen (New York: Routledge, 2018) [various chapters in addition to the Zavros core reading]

This list was last updated on 23/02/2019