Dance on the American Musical Theatre Stage A History
Dance on the American Musical Theatre Stage: A History chronicles the development of dance, with an emphasis on musicals and the Broadway stage, in the United States from its colonial beginnings to performances of the present day.
This book explores the fascinating tug-and-pull between the European classical, folk, and social dance imports and America’s indigenous dance forms as they met and collided on the popular musical theatre stage. This historical background influenced a specific musical theatre movement vocabulary and a unique choreographic approach that is recognizable today as Broadway-style dancing. Throughout the book, a cultural context is woven into the history to reveal how the competing values within American culture, and its attempts as a nation to define and redefine itself, played out through developments in dance on the musical theatre stage.
This book is central to the conversation on how dance influences and reflects society, and will be of interest to students and scholars of Musical Theatre, Theatre Studies, Dance, and Cultural History.
1. 1492–1776: The Earliest Beginnings 2. 1776–1866: John Durang and the Dawn of American Theatrical Dance 3. 1866–1914: Building a Musical Theatre Dance Vocabulary 4. 1914–1929: The Dance Director: Front and Center 5. 1929–1943: Depression Ferments New Visions: Ballet and Modern Dance 6. 1943–1957: Integration: Dance Narrates 7. 1957–1968: Triple Threats Grow as Director-Choreographers Rise 8. 1968–1975: The Concept Musical Makes Room for Dance 9. 1975–1996: The Age of the Director-Choreographer Wanes 10. 1996–2020: Choreography and the Musical Break Open