Introduction to The Routledge Companion to the Contemporary Musical
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The Routledge Companion to the Contemporary Musical is dedicated to the musical’s evolving relationship to American culture in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. In the past decade-and-a-half, international scholars from an ever-widening number of disciplines and specializations have been actively contributing to the interdisciplinary field of musical theater studies. Musicals have served not only to mirror the sociopolitical, economic, and cultural tenor of the times, but have helped shape and influence it, in America and across the globe: a genre that may seem, at first glance, light-hearted and escapist serves also as a bold commentary on society.
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Sternfeld, Jessica, and Elizabeth L. Wollman. “Introduction.” The Routledge Companion to the Contemporary Musical. Edited by Jessica Sternfeld and Elizabeth L. Wollman, Routledge, 2020.
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