Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Theatre & Dance
Human kind has long been fascinated by the stars. From the first instant our pre-historic ancestors looked up at the stars, they have wondered how they affect us. They have included these cosmic bodies in their artwork, and Broadway musical theatre artists have followed this pull. But, in a discipline that reads subtext and symbolism in every word, one has to wonder what this cosmic symbolism means. Does it only signify the setting and time of the musical (outside/inside, nighttime/daytime)? How does the use of the stars in the lyrics or libretto enhance the themes of the musicals? By examining the appearance of cosmic symbolism in Broadway musical theatre in relation to the long history of human fascination with the stars, this thesis aims to answer these questions, and to understand more fully the metaphoric role that the inclusion of the cosmic bodies can play in musical theatre.
Holley, Rebecca, "Singing to the Stars: Cosmic Symbolism in Broadway Musicals" (2014). Theatre and Dance Graduate Theses & Dissertations. 28.