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Master Thesis

« World Wide Enough » : Reshaping the American Mainstream through Broadway in Hamilton and In the Heights ?

Abstract : This thesis examines Broadway composer/lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musicals Hamilton : An American Musical and In the Heights as a case study in the ability of Broadway to effect social change. Because Broadway occupies a space of intersecting artforms, it allows these musicals to provide a lens to look at the intersection between Latinx, African American, and mainstream cultures. I contend that, by reframing the stories of the American founding myth and the everyday life of Latinx immigrants, respectively, Miranda creates space for audiences to engage in conversations about race and racial inequality in the United States. This thesis finds that this is not enough to effect significant socio-cultural change. Particularly in the case of Hamilton, Miranda has created a blueprint of what America might look like with racial equality. I draw upon analysis of the text and performance; first-hand accounts from Miranda in social media, interviews, and his book Hamilton: The Revolution ; and works by musical theater scholars on depictions of race and culture in other musicals.
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Isabel Milkovich. « World Wide Enough » : Reshaping the American Mainstream through Broadway in Hamilton and In the Heights ?. Humanities and Social Sciences. 2020. ⟨dumas-03402086⟩

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