Broadway: The American Musical

Broadway: The American Musical

I Got Plenty O' Nuttin' - 1930 To 1942
Season 1  |  Episode 3  |  STUDIO  |  August 27, 2013

The Great Depression proves to be a dynamic period of creative growth on Broadway, and a dichotomy in the musical theatre emerges. Productions like Cole Porter's Anything Goes offer glamour and high times as an escape, while others - such as Of Thee I Sing, which satirises the American political system, and the remarkable WPA production of The Cradle Will Rock, about a steel strike - deal directly with the era's social and political concerns.

The Great Depression proves to be a dynamic period of creative growth on Broadway, and a dichotomy in the musical theatre emerges. Productions like Cole Porter's Anything Goes offer glamour and high times as an escape, while others - such as Of Thee I Sing, which satirises the American political system, and the remarkable WPA production of The Cradle Will Rock, about a steel strike - deal directly with the era's social and political concerns.

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