Oh, What a Beautiful Mormon: Rodgers and Hammerstein, Intertextuality and The Book of Mormon

Rush, Adam (2017) Oh, What a Beautiful Mormon: Rodgers and Hammerstein, Intertextuality and The Book of Mormon. Studies in Musical Theatre, 11 (1). pp. 39-50. ISSN 1750-3159

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The 2011 musical The Book of Mormon has been widely recognized for its inclusion of intertextual references. From nods to Star Wars and The Lion King to Bye, Bye Birdie and The Music Man, the production fashions a bricolage of references to a diverse collection of existing texts from across a range of media. One primary source of such referencing, and the focus of this article, is the classic musicals of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Although the genealogy between The Book of Mormon and the often comforting musicals of Rodgers and Hammerstein is not an obvious one, this article analyses the manner in which the production parallels both The Sound of Music (1959) and The King and I (1951), in terms of narrative, in the former, and in terms of orientalist depictions, in the latter. In doing so, it explores the production’s reliance on existing materials to put forward the claim that intertextuality is central to an audience’s interpretation and reception of this popular musical.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: intertextuality; intertextual references; The Book of Mormon; Rodgers and Hammerstein; The Sound of Music; The King and I; Golden Age Musical; Orientalism
Subjects: W Creative arts & design > W312 Musical theatre
W Creative arts & design > W440 Theatre studies
W Creative arts & design > W442 Contemporary theatre
Departments: Faculty of Arts > Department of Performing Arts
Depositing User: Adam Rush
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2017 07:46
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2018 00:00
URI: http://repository.winchester.ac.uk/id/eprint/537

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