'What's the buzz': a study of the validity of the term 'rock musical' as a legitimate genre in musical theatre with specific reference to Andrew Lloyd Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar and Jonathan Larson's Rent.

Segal, Alexander (2007) 'What's the buzz': a study of the validity of the term 'rock musical' as a legitimate genre in musical theatre with specific reference to Andrew Lloyd Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar and Jonathan Larson's Rent. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This paper will aim to find out whether the use of the term 'rock musical' is an accurate representation of the musicals that incorporate rock music as a new, original concept. It is the validity of claiming that a show is a 'rock musical' that will be under scrutiny. This will be discussed using two already established and successful 'rock musicals' (Jesus Christ Superstar and Rent) as a means of analysing this term. Through research, it is clear that musical theatre is a form that is constantly updated to appeal to the needs and wants of a contemporary society. In this case, the use of the additional 'rock' titling is seemingly not necessary. Yet, when studying rock music, one must take into consideration its socio-cultural and ideological connotations as well as its musical implications, which in turn could validate the 'rock musical' phrasing. Although these shows include rock music, they also include various other popular and musical theatre styles, which could possibly dilute the impact of the rebellious music that, in part, founded the historically important 1950s teenage subculture. In analysing the musical aesthetics, rock theory and the lifestyles of the composers through Pierre Bourdieu's concept of social distinction, this paper shows that 'rock musicals' are ostensibly titled as such to emphasize social status, shrewd advertising and appealing to societal groups rather than due to its creative aesthetics. This results in 'rock musicals' seemingly being 'musicals with rock' rather than the misrepresentation of the titling that this genre has grown accustomed to.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:47
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:13
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/324

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