In this book, Bernardo Fonseca Machado examines the transnationalization of American Broadway and the resulting cultural exchanges between New York and São Paulo at the turn of the twenty-first century. Machado combines ethnography and history to track the complexities of discourses, imaginaries, and economic interests within the flow of musical people, capital, practices, pedagogies, and shows between these two cities.
Bernardo Fonseca Machado is postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Campinas and researcher at the São Paulo Research Foundation.
Chapter 1: New Lights on Times Square
Chapter 2: On São Paulo’s Stages
Chapter 3: Acting Techniques and Universal Emotions
Chapter 4: Selecting Differences: Local Bodies
Chapter 5: Brazilian Migrants Acting in Us
In this lively and fascinating book, Bernardo Fonseca Machado takes readers from New York City to São Paulo, from theatre training schools to audition rooms to explore the interchange between US Broadway musicals and Brazilian theatre culture. Using a range of historical, archival, critical, and ethnographic methods, Machado paints a nuanced and complex picture of the lives of Brazilian students, professors, performers, and directors living in the United States. This book is an important, illuminating, and original addition to the field of global musical theatre studies.
This lively, informative and engaging book charts how interest in the American musical among some Brazilian theatre artists over the last several decades has activated unexpected circuits of reciprocal encounter and exchange. Bernardo Fonseca Machado reminds us that American musical theater is made not only of a repertoire of scripts and scores but also by a constellation of production methods, including casting protocols, training techniques, and ideals of professionalization. This book is a valuable contribution to the rapidly evolving global history of the 'American' musical.