Maternal Representations in Twenty-First Century Broadway Musicals

Stage Mothers

  • Gina Masucci¬†MacKenzie

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Gina Masucci MacKenzie
    Pages 1-15
  3. Gina Masucci MacKenzie
    Pages 17-38
  4. Gina Masucci MacKenzie
    Pages 39-54
  5. Gina Masucci MacKenzie
    Pages 55-71
  6. Gina Masucci MacKenzie
    Pages 73-82
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 83-87

About this book


Maternal Representations in Twenty-First Century Broadway Musicals: Stage Mothers analyzes Broadway productions within the context of their presentation and assessment of motherhood and the variety of roles for mother figures. Using a frame of feminist and psychoanalytical positions, Gina MacKenzie establishes, defines, and interprets mother figures in contemporary Broadway, according to original categorizations of the absent, inconsequential, and overbearing mothers. MacKenzie considers how and why commercial representation of mother figures are limited and predominantly negative, even as fiction, poetry, and other forms of drama offer a much wider and progressive view of the varieties of motherhood possible in society, asserting the need for greater representation of mother figures in commercial musical theatre today. 


Broadway productions Broadway musicals feminist theory cognitive literary psychology motherhood musical theatre drama studies popular theatre culture American musical theater American studies

Authors and affiliations

  • Gina Masucci¬†MacKenzie
    • 1
  1. 1.Holy Family UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA

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