Stage-worlds and world-stages in Hollywood musicals

  • Hollywood musicals combine two distinctive features: narrative and musical numbers, also referred to as “the real and the expressive” (Telotte 1980a, 4). These two equally important parts of any successful musical have to harmonize such that both seem appropriate in each scene and, ideally, supportive of each other. As musical numbers are traditionally seen as a “source of a tension” (ibid., 2) within the narrative, harmonization is not easy to achieve, and different directors as well as different sub-genres of the film musical have found different ways to deal with this tension. In this work, I will discuss two methods of integrating musical numbers into the plot of Hollywood musicals: the stage-worlds and the world-stages. While the former entails a certain kind of storyline, the latter refers to the setting of single numbers within the plot.

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Author:Julia Steimle
Parent Title (German):Kieler Beiträge zur Filmmusikforschung
Publisher:Kieler Gesellschaft für Filmmusikforschung
Place of publication:Kiel
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2010/11/08
Year of first Publication:2010
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2010/11/08
GND Keyword:Filmmusik; Musical
Page Number:15
First Page:51
Last Page:65
Institutes:keine Angabe Fachbereich / Extern
Dewey Decimal Classification:7 Künste und Unterhaltung / 79 Sport, Spiele, Unterhaltung / 791 Öffentliche Darbietungen, Film, Rundfunk
Sammlungen:Sammlung Musik, Theater, Film / Literatur zum Film
Sammlung Musik, Theater, Film / Literatur zur Musik
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht