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Changed for GoodA Feminist History of the Broadway Musical$
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Stacy Wolf

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195378238

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195378238.001.0001

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“It’s All About Popular”: Wicked Divas and Internet Girl Fans

“It’s All About Popular”: Wicked Divas and Internet Girl Fans

(p.219) Chapter 7 “It’s All About Popular”: Wicked Divas and Internet Girl Fans
Changed for Good

Stacy Wolf

Oxford University Press

This chapter uses an ethnographically-based method and introduces the voices of girl fans to the mix as a reminder that audiences of musicals matter above all. This chapter analyzes the girls’ participation on internet fansites in the first years of Wicked’s run on Broadway (2003–2005), including their interpretations and uses of the musical and their language and rhetoric. It focuses on the theme of divas. This chapter reveals the energy and acuity of girl fans of musicals, and how they carry the torch of the form’s continuation and its on-going reinvention as a vehicle for female empowerment.

Keywords:   Wicked, girls, girl fans, internet, fansites, diva, fandom

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