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Carr, P and Hand, R (2006) Frank Zappa and musical theatre: ugly ugly o'phan Annie and really deep, intense, thought-provoking Broadway symbolism. Frank Zappa and musical theatre: ugly ugly o'phan Annie and really deep, intense, thought-provoking Broadway symbolism, 1 (1). pp. 41-56. ISSN 1750-3159

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Abstract

The performances of Frank Zappa were renowned for their theatricality and Zappa himself claimed that 'Nobody has combined music and theatrics in the way I have'. Aside from Zappa's legendary and theatrical stage performances, some of his specific compositions have a consciously dramatic narrative that can be fruitfully analysed as remarkable and thoroughly provocative examples of musical theatre. In particular, two works stand out: Joe's Garage Acts I, II and III (1979) a bleak yet humorous satire set in a science fiction dystopia, and Thing-Fish (1984), a narrative-driven drama that explicitly explores yet subverts the Broadway musical form in its uncompromising investigation of AIDS and its social and political impact. In addition, both works demonstrate a disruptive and eviscerating satirical use of sexuality and sex.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > Drama > Producing for Theatre
Creative Arts and Design > Music > Musicology
Divisions: UNSPECIFIED
Depositing User: Dr P Carr
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2008 15:42
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2010 14:26
URI: http://opendepot.org/id/eprint/177

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