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Dangerous RhythmWhy Movie Musicals Matter$
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Richard Barrios

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199973842

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199973842.001.0001

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Epilogue Dream Dancing

Epilogue Dream Dancing

(p.235) Epilogue Dream Dancing
Dangerous Rhythm

Richard Barrios

Oxford University Press

This epilogue gives a “Where have they come from? Where might they go?” meditation on musicals’ past, present, and possible future. During the long musical moratorium, certain films (even A Chorus Line and Evita) were thought to be the work to bring musicals back. The return did happen temporarily with Chicago, but by the time of Les Misérables, in 2012, it was clear that musicals could or would not ever exist again in large numbers. Yet they do not exist merely in the past tense; there will be musicals in the future, and the achievements and lessons they have already given will continue to reverberate. The greatness of the best musicals is timeless, old can still be new, and musicals do, and will, matter.

Keywords:   Les Misérables, future of musical film

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