Stacy Wolf, a Professor of Theatre in the Lewis Centre for the Arts wrote the book ‘Changed for Good’. This book observes the roles of women in Broadway and how musical theatre’s history has changed massively from the 1950’s to the twenty first century by analysing, inspecting and listening to what women actually did on the Broadway stage through every chapter. It argues that ‘gender and genre are inseparable’ (Wolf. S. 2011. P. 20) the representations and performances by women radically changed in the musical from the 1950’s; from Anita in West Side Story to Adalaide in Guys and Dolls, Wolf demonstrates a centrality toward women in the form of ‘friends, girlfriends and wives as journalists, students and maids, and also as singers and dancers’ (Wolf.
Although it took her a long time to become successful, she kept persevering, and her hard work paid off. She married Puerto Rican, Desi Arnaz, and together they started the show, “I Love Lucy,” one of the most popular comedies in America. She became a powerful women within television, contributing to the increasing power women were beginning to receive. Ball’s hard work to success contributed to increasing power within women and her successful comedies influenced American television and actors for generations to come. She influenced many performers with the techniques her programs introduced, influenced performers with her personal image and great acting, and also became a source of inspiration for women that did not have many rights at the time due to her high amount of success.
Feminism has always been a major topic for discussion in popular culture. Personally, I have seen the feminist theme throughout the series. Every episode features Lucy going above and beyond the limitations set on her by her society. From wanting to get a job to wanting a role in an Italian movie, Lucy tries her hand at things that she’s been told she can not do. Is the show necessarily pro-feminism?
Their name, “soap opera” came from the origins of the sponsors that created the shows. In the beginning, the shows were extended advertisements for the soaps that the housewives would use. Once the dramas moved to television, they began to take on a larger audience. Today everything from birth control pills, laundry detergents, and children’s toys are advertised during the soap opera viewing hours (Pagewise, Inc.). Millions of viewers; college students, mothers, fathers, stay at home moms and dads, retirees, teenagers and the elderly are hooked on daytime drama between the hours of twelve and four waiting for their shows to come on.
In conclusion, the attitude towards women has changed and developed with that in the developed world. Musicals have both reflected this, whilst at the same time maintaining a continuity of strong female characters. Musicals, whilst being looked at as 'light entertainment,' constantly looked at new issues, often to do with women, to challenge their audiences and society at large. The role women played was obviously integral to the musical's stories as well as also in raising these issues. The roles women played varied widely from mother, daughter, strong, weak, and authoratitive.
She later continued to expand her education by attending New York University and earning a master’s degree in Dramatic Writing. Right after graduation in 1991, Suzanne Collins began her work in show business by writing for several children’s television programs at Nickelodeon, including “Clarissa Knows It All” and “Little Bear”. After some time, her work on the shows was noticed by James Promios who hired Collins as his head writer and encouraged her to write a book. Suzanne Collins, who finally became a writer, released her debut novel in 2001 which was k... ... middle of paper ... ... she refused to kill the other tribute from District 12, Peeta. After the games, the idea of hope grew among all 12 districts which the Capitol feared.
Theatre also adapts to reflect the numerous challenges, political, social and world events of specific time periods. Playwrights voiced the issues that were being left unsolved or avoided by their political and world leaders. This, oftentimes, left them titled as “rebellious”, “enemies of the state”, or “bombastic”. Writers such as Ibsen, Shaw, Chekov, Synge, O’Neill, Kern and Hammerstein and Rogers, Hellman, Wilder as well as Williams were all successful writers in capturing the essence of both the theatre and the culture of their times within their plays. During the 19th century, the American Theatre developed and flourished through the use of showboats, touring, stars, vehicles as well as American specialties.
Very similar to writers like the Bronte sisters Daphne Du’maurier’s works stand out as a superb example of melodramatic writing. Daphne Du’Maurier was born on May 13th, 1907 in London, England. The middle of three daughters, Du’Maurier was born into a prominent artistic and literary household. She was the granddaughter of famed caricaturist George du Maurier, and the daughter of actor-manager George du Maurier and actress Muriel Beaumont. With her early introduction to literary and artistic accomplishments it is no surprise that Du’Maurier was fascinated by imaginary worlds and wrote her first short story to be published in a magazine, which led to a literary contract, when she was only in her teens.
At the age of 12, Streep enrolled into singing lessons which helped her leap into an interest into the musical field as a high schooler (“Streep”). A student at Bernardsville high school in New Summit, New Jersey, she kept active roles in plays and musicals during high school, Streep never considered acting more than a mere interest. After high school, the actress attended an all girls’ college, which she played parts in their plays such as Streecar Named Desire and Miss Juliet at Vasaar. Right after, and with a three year scholarship, she attended Yale Drama School, which later she realized how ardent she truly was towards acting (“Zrimsek”). As a jumpstart to her career, Streep played a role in a play called, 27 Wagons Full of Cotton at the Phoenix Theatre which earned her first ever Tony Award and Drama Disk (“Zrimsek”).
Upon completing high school, Plath obtained a scholarship to study English at Smith College and it was here that her work was recognized by major magazines such as Seventeen and Mademoiselle. After graduation from Smith College as summa cum laude, she began working for Mademoiselle in Manhattan, New York. This is the point at which the novel begins to reflect her life. Sylvia Pla... ... middle of paper ... ...nce Center. Web.