Hard Times: The Adult Musical in 1970s New York City

Hard Times The Adult Musical in s New York City In Hard Times musical theater historian Elizabeth L Wollman takes readers on a fascinating tour of the adult musical scene of New York City s rampant s After the success of Hair in the low

  • Title: Hard Times: The Adult Musical in 1970s New York City
  • Author: Elizabeth L. Wollman
  • ISBN: 9780199747481
  • Page: 237
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In Hard Times, musical theater historian Elizabeth L Wollman takes readers on a fascinating tour of the adult musical scene of New York City s rampant 1970s.After the success of Hair in 1968, the low budget adult musical proliferated The most famous was the long running Oh Calcutta , but countless made it to stage Stag Movie, Let My People Come, The Faggot,In Hard Times, musical theater historian Elizabeth L Wollman takes readers on a fascinating tour of the adult musical scene of New York City s rampant 1970s.After the success of Hair in 1968, the low budget adult musical proliferated The most famous was the long running Oh Calcutta , but countless made it to stage Stag Movie, Let My People Come, The Faggot, and others Structured like old fashioned revues, with thematically interconnected songs and skits, they received little respect from critics, who either condemned them for going too far in the direction of hard core pornography, or for not being erotic enough The public thought otherwise, flooding the theaters and pouring cash into box office tills Wollman shows that adult musicals represented far than a silly fad from a silly decade they reflected experimentation with newfound sexual freedom, not to mention the rise of the women s and gay liberation movements She examines the impact of the Stonewall riots on gay musicals how feminism was reflected on stage and how porno chic and hard core porn influenced performances Even the most middlebrow efforts brought into focus the debate between art and obscenity, and angst over New York City s socioeconomic status By the early 1980s, as the city s economy recovered and society grew conservative, these musicals disappeared an indicator of a larger transformation.Wollman reasserts the significance of this humble if hardly modest art form Adult musicals, she shows, represented aspects of American culture at their messiest and most confused and thus at their most honest.

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    1. When theater is good there is nothing better, and when it is bad there is nothing more interminable. You can shut a book, leave a movie, but the human bond of live performance, especially without the distortion and drinks creating a false sense of community at a music venue, is too intimate. Now add nudity and you’re venturing into new territory. Or not so new, as “Hard Times: The Adult Musical in 1970s New York City” (University of Chicago Press) by Elizabeth L. Wollman illustrates with i [...]

    2. Hard Times captures a fleeting moment in the world of musical theater--the adult musical, which thrived in the 1970s with such forgotten classics as Let My People Come and The Faggot. While these musicals opened up issues of homosexuality, feminism and the sexual revolution for the middle class, by the end of the 1970s the anti-smut agenda of NYC's leaders meant that Broadway became family entertainment, which it's stayed primarily ever since.

    3. I'm reviewing this for real for the SAM bulletin, so as soon as it's posted there, I'll put the link up here.

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