Literary Analysis : ' The 2003-2004 Season And Broadway Musical Theatre '

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Although big-hit Broadway musicals have always been popular with the masses and generated tons of money, the changing political weather on the United States has slowly affected the population’s view of their purpose in society. Stacey Wolfe addresses the changing political climate in the musical theatre form in her article, The 2003-2004 Season and Broadway Musical Theatre as a Political Controversy, as a subtle but impactful way to convey public issues after the events on September 11th, 2001. Musicals have a reputation of being over the top and cheesy with the old classics like Oklahoma! and The Music Man. Although the old musicals address issues like marriage and telling the truth, they lack the intellectual depth of the new millennium. However, singing and dancing are still effective ways of conveying the problems to a society where interest is easily lost. Wolfe adamantly points out that producing a musical takes years of work and funding, thus affecting the response time to modern events. The musicals Avenue Q, Wicked, and Caroline, Or Change, all discussed in her article, did not make their debut until years after 9/11. Nonetheless, the lag time allows for critical adjustments and full understanding of the events to be evaluated before they premiere on the big stage. Wolfe argues that despite the slow response time, modern musicals are still an effective way to show important issues to the public and especially inspire reflective change in the target audiences of the…
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