1st Edition

20 Seasons: Broadway Musicals of the 21st Century

By Amy S. Osatinski Copyright 2024
    246 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    246 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    20 Seasons: Broadway Musicals of the 21st Century catalogues, categorizes, and analyzes the 269 musicals that opened on Broadway from the 2000-2001 season through the 2019-2020 season.

    This book is the first to comprehensively examine the musicals that premiered on Broadway during this important historical period, which was bookended by the 9/11 terrorist attacks on one end and the Coronavirus pandemic on the other. It begins by exploring the historical context for the first 20 years of the 21st century and how this impacted American culture and theatre. Rather than chronologically, the musicals are then organized into categories based on their source material and whether they were original musicals or revivals, painting a detailed picture of the Broadway musical in first 20 years of the 21st century. Jukebox musicals, screen-to-stage musicals, revivals, and other original musicals are all covered, and each chapter ends with reading guides and discussion prompts. The book not only discusses what was produced, but by whom, uncovering the stark lack of representation for women and artists of color on Broadway musical creative and design teams. Additionally, the last chapter discusses the COVID-19 pandemic, the Broadway shutdown, and what happened to the Broadway musical during the shutdown, including the response to the Black Lives Matter movement in the summer of 2020.

    20 Seasons: Broadway Musicals of the 21st Century will appeal to fans and scholars of musical theatre, as well as students of Musical Theatre, Musical Theatre History, American Studies, and Pop Culture Studies.

    I. Foreword by Diep Tran  II. Introduction: 20 Seasons by the Numbers  1. 20 Years/20 Seasons  2. An Introduction to Original Musicals  3. Jukebox Musicals and Revues  4. Screen to Stage Musicals  5. Other Original Musicals  6. Revivals and Remounts  7. Beyond 20 Seasons  Appendix A. Shows by Opening Date  Appendix B. Shows by Number of Performances

    Biography

    Dr. Amy S. Osatinski is a faculty member in the School of Theatre at Oklahoma City University, where she teaches courses in Theatre History and Dramaturgy and serves as a director, intimacy director, and dramaturg for productions in the School of Theatre’s production season. She is the author of Disney Theatrical Productions: Producing Broadway Musicals the Disney Way (Routledge 2019).