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Millennial StagesEssays and Reviews 2001-2005$
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Robert Brustein

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780300115772

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300115772.001.0001

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Positions and Polemics

Positions and Polemics

(p.1) Part One Positions and Polemics (p.2)
Millennial Stages

Robert Brustein

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses how the events during 9/11 have forever destroyed the innocence of Americans, as well as their craving for art and entertainment. For three or four days after September 11th, all Broadway shows, The Producers included, were cancelled. New openings were delayed for a week or more. The Roundabout revival of Stephen Sondheim's Assassins was postponed until further notice because, as the director, Joe Mantello, observed, it is a musical “which asks audiences to think critically about various aspects of the American experience,” and in light of the murderous assault on our nation, “this is not an appropriate time to present a show which makes such a demand.” Especially when the musical is about the assassination of American presidents.

Keywords:   9/11, innocence, Americans, entertainment, Broadway shows, Stephen Sondheim, Joe Mantello, The Producers, Assassins

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