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Broadway Goes to War: American Theater during World War II

Robert L. McLaughlin and Sally E. Parry

Abstract

The American theater was not ignorant of the developments brought on by World War II, and actively addressed and debated timely, controversial topics for the duration of the war, including neutrality and isolationism, racism and genocide, and heroism and battle fatigue. Productions such as Watch on the Rhine (1941), The Moon is Down (1942), Tomorrow the World (1943), and A Bell for Adano (1944) encouraged public discussion of the war's impact on daily life and raised critical questions about the conflict well before other forms of popular media. American drama of the 1940s is frequently overl ... More

Keywords: Broadway, World War II, American Theater, wartime popular culture, Pearl Harbor, Allies, On the Town, Watch on the Rhine, Pins and Needles, Truckline Cafe, It Can't Happen Here, Margin for Error, Flight to the West, Tomorrow the World, Soldier's Wife, Deep are the Roots, State of the Union

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780813180946
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813180946.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert L. McLaughlin, author
Illinois State University

Sally E. Parry, author
Illinois State University