Alicante Journal of English Studies / Revista Alicantina de Estudios Ingleses

Spain’s Francoist Broadway: American musicals in Madrid, 1955-1975

Ramón Espejo

DOI: https://doi.org/10.14198/raei.2022.37.01

Abstract

This article traces the itinerary followed by the earliest Broadway musicals to be imported to Madrid in the 1950s and 1960s. Such innovative format dazzled critics and audiences, carving out a niche of enthusiastic followers that would grow larger over time. The handful of works borrowed in this period will receive attention, especially insofar as their reception is concerned. The final phase of the Francoist dictatorship brought an increased visibility to the form, as heated controversy surrounded the eventual importation and prohibition of titles such as Hair and Jesus Christ Superstar. In the case of the former, shows purporting to bring to Spaniards what the authorities had banned will be briefly discussed. The latter will receive closer attention. Both these plays will serve as privileged viewing platforms whence the tensions inherent to a moribund regime and its outdated cultural policies will become obvious.

Keywords

American Musicals; US Drama and Theatre in Spain; Hair; Jesus Christ Superstar

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.14198/raei.2022.37.01

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