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Shakespeare and the American Popular Stage


  • Date Published: October 2006
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521679923

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  • Shakespeare's effect on America's intellectual and artistic life has been much discussed, but what role does he play on the American popular stage? This study changes our understanding of Shakespeare's presence in American life. The book looks at how Shakespeare came to America just before the Revolutionary War. As Americans broke with Britain, they embraced Britain's playwright. Teague re-examines P. T. Barnum's attempt to buy Shakespeare's Birthplace, the Astor Place Riot when twenty-three people died, and the way both Abraham Lincoln and John Wilkes Booth regarded Shakespeare. In the history of Broadway, more musicals have drawn on Shakespeare than any other author. Shakespeare musicals like Kiss Me, Kate and West Side Story can tell us much about America's culture, but sometimes failed musicals such as Swingin' the Dream can tell us more. With discussion of over twenty Shakespeare musicals, this study demonstrates that Shakespeare has always been present in popular shows.

    • A new analysis of Shakespeare and America that focuses on popular culture rather than the intellectual or artistic effect of Shakespeare on American life
    • Includes discussion of over twenty Shakespeare musicals
    • Will be of interest to Shakespeareans, students of American culture, and theatre historians
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    '… Shakespeare and the American Popular Stage is industriously researched and frequently illuminating: a useful contribution to American studies, and to the study of Shakespeare in performance.' The Times Literary Supplement

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521679923
    • length: 232 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.377kg
    • contains: 18 b/w illus. 1 table
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Pilgrims, Pioneers, and Parlors:
    1. Shakespeare and the spirit of '76
    2. In the pioneer's hut
    3. Shakespeare makes scoundrels
    4. Treason, stratagems, and spoils
    5. How many ages hence...
    Part II. The Shakespeare Broadway Musical:
    6. Blackface, blue shows, and beards
    7. Mr Hamlet of Broadway
    8. A hit and a flop
    9. Brush up your Shakespeare
    10. Swingin' out of the twentieth century
    Appendix One: Production information

  • Author

    Frances Teague, University of Georgia
    Frances Teague is Josiah Meigs Professor of English at the University of Georgia.

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