Echoes of the Holocaust on the American Musical Stage


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About the Book

With chapters on The Sound of Music, Milk and Honey, Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret, The Rothschilds, Rags, Ragtime and The Producers, this book examines both direct and indirect references to, or resonances of, the Holocaust, tracing changing American attitudes through the chronological progression of these musical productions and their subsequent revivals.
Despite the abundance of writing on both musical theatre history and on the difficulties of Holocaust representation, history and theatre scholars alike have thus far ignored the intersections of these areas. The academy thereby risks excluding precisely those works that shed the most light on our culture’s evolving response to the Shoah, an event that still helps to define American identity. This book redresses this lapse by focusing on the theatrical form seen by the greatest amount of people—musicals—which either trigger or reflect changing American mores.

About the Author(s)

Jessica Hillman is an assistant professor of theatre and dance at the State University of New York at Fredonia. Her articles have been published in The Drama Review, Theatre Topics, and Studies in Musical Theatre among other journals.

Bibliographic Details

Jessica Hillman
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 223
Bibliographic Info: 8 photos, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2012
pISBN: 978-0-7864-6602-3
eISBN: 978-0-7864-9268-8
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents


PREFACE      1

1. History and Context      9

2. The Sound of Music      24

3. Milk and Honey      42

4. Fiddler on the Roof      66

5. Cabaret      90

6. The Rothschilds      110

7. Rags and Ragtime      141

8. The Producers      172

9. Conclusion      191

WORKS CITED      201

INDEX      211

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