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Place for Us: Essay on the Broadway Musical

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It used to be a secret that, in its postwar heyday, the Broadway musical recruited a massive underground following of gay men. But though this once silent social fact currently spawns jokes that every sitcom viewer is presumed to be in on, it has not necessarily become better understood.

In Place for Us, D. A. Miller probes what all the jokes laugh off: the embarrassingly mutual affinity between a "general" cultural form and the despised "minority" that was in fact that form's implicit audience. In a style that is in turn novelistic, memorial, autobiographical, and critical, the author restores to their historical density the main modes of reception that so many gay men developed to answer the musical's call: the early private communion with original cast albums, the later camping of show tunes in piano bars, the still later reformatting of these same songs at the post-Stonewall disco. In addition, through an extended reading of Gypsy, Miller specifies the nature of the call itself, which he locates in the postwar musical's most basic conventions: the contradictory relation between the show and the book, the mimetic tendency of the musical number, the centrality of the female star. If the postwar musical may be called a "gay" genre, Miller demonstrates, this is because its regular but unpublicized work has been to indulge men in the spectacular thrills of a femininity become their own.

Synopsis:

It used to be a secret and the brunt of jokes that the Broadway musical recruited an underground following of gay men. Columbia University professor D.A. Miller explores how and why gay men are drawn to the "camp" and femininity inherent in musical stage productions. Photos.

About the Author

D. A. Miller is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University.

Table of Contents

In the Basement

At the Bar

On Broadway

Acknowledgments

Illustration Credits

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674669901
Subtitle:
Essay on the Broadway Musical
Author:
Miller, D. A.
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge, Mass. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Gay Studies
Subject:
Broadway & Musical Revue
Subject:
Musicals
Subject:
Gay men and musicals
Subject:
Miller, D. A.
Subject:
Theater - Broadway & Musical Revue
Subject:
Musicals -- United States.
Subject:
Drama-Musical Theater
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
October 1998
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
12 halftones, 1 line illustration
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 0.74 lb

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Drama » Musical Theater

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"Synopsis" by , It used to be a secret and the brunt of jokes that the Broadway musical recruited an underground following of gay men. Columbia University professor D.A. Miller explores how and why gay men are drawn to the "camp" and femininity inherent in musical stage productions. Photos.
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