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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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Epilogue: “Changed for Good”

Epilogue: “Changed for Good”

(p.237) Epilogue: “Changed for Good”
Changed for Good

Stacy Wolf

Oxford University Press

The Epilogue begins with the Fox television hit series Glee, which premiered in 2009, and asks why and how this show harnessed the passion and engagement of mainstream audiences. Glee validated existing fans of musical theatre and created new audiences, too. It tapped into the emotional zeitgeist and spectators’ investment in musicals that began well before the 1950s when this book opens. This chapter considers how musical theatre conventions intersect with those of television and how musical theatre is a different form with different audience dynamics. The Epilogue asks if musical theatre-type television ultimately creates new audiences for musicals.

Keywords:   Glee, television, fans, audience dynamics, musical theatre, zeitgeist

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