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Gestures of Music Theater: The Performativity of Song and Dance offers new, cutting-edge essays focusing on song and dance as performative gestures that not only entertain but also act on audiences and performers. The chapters range across musical theater, opera, theater, and other artistic practices, from Glee to Gardzienice, Beckett to Disney, Broadway to Turner-Prize-winning sound installation. The chapters draw together these diverse examples of vocality and physicality by exploring their affect rather than through considering them as texts. The book's contributors derive methodologies from many disciplines. Resisting discrete discipline-based enquiry, they share methodologies and performance repertoires with discipline-based scholarship from theater studies, musicology, and cultural studies, among other approaches. Together, they view these as neighboring voices whose dialogue enriches the study of contemporary music theater.

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Dominic Symonds is Reader in Drama at the University of Lincoln and, with George Burrows, joint editor of the journal Studies in Musical Theatre.

Millie Taylor is Professor of Musical Theatre at The University of Winchester and author of Musical Theatre, Realism, and Entertainment (2012).

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This impressive volume offers important new insights on the act of music theatre and the performativity of song and dance. The collection of essays on vocality and physical gesture expands our understanding of how voices and bodies can be located in multiple theatrical contexts. * Dr. William A. Everett, University of Missouri-Kansas City * This book makes for a very rewarding read: it combines an excellent selection of emerging and established scholars and practitioners' voices and despite its diversity with regard to genre, time, methodology and focus, it is held together firmly by a very specific and timely common research question: how song and dance can be read as performative gestures. The editors and contributors demonstrate vividly how song and dance are not merely the concern of a limited group of musicologists and dance scholars, but are omnipresent in our culture and provide a fascinating prism through which to see and understand human communication. * Dr. David Roesner, University of Kent *

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