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The Resource Playing God : the Bible on the Broadway stage, Henry Bial

Playing God : the Bible on the Broadway stage, Henry Bial

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Playing God : the Bible on the Broadway stage
Title
Playing God
Title remainder
the Bible on the Broadway stage
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Henry Bial
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Language
eng
Summary
Biblical texts have inspired more than 100 Broadway plays and musicals, ranging from early spectacles like Ben-Hur (1899) to more familiar works such as Godspell and Jesus Christ Superstar. What happens when a culture's most sacred text enters its most commercial performance venue? Playing God focuses on eleven successful productions, as well as a few notable flops that highlight the difficulties in adapting the Old and New Testaments for the stage. The book is informed by both performance studies and theater history, combining analysis of play scripts with archival research into the actual circumstances of production and reception. Biblical plays, Henry Bial argues, balance religious and commercial considerations through a complex blend of spectacle, authenticity, sincerity, and irony. Though there is no magic formula for a successful adaptation, these four analytical lenses help explain why some biblical plays thrive while others have not
Cataloging source
P@U
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illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Playing God : the Bible on the Broadway stage, Henry Bial
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Playing God : the Bible on the Broadway stage, Henry Bial
Link
http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.3998/mpub.7427158
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 221-237) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Contents
Faith-based initiatives -- Ben-Hur, Biblical fan fiction -- In the beginning : theatrical creations -- These are the generations of Noah -- Why do the righteous suffer? -- Jesus Christ, Broadway star -- Hard job being God
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1 online resource (1 PDF (ix, 247 pages) :)
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online
Isbn
9780472121519
Media category
computer
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations
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Specific material designation
remote

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