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Broadway Goes to War

American Theater during World War II

In Broadway Goes to War, Robert L. McLaughlin and Sally E. Parry analyze how American theater actively addressed and debated timely and controversial topics during World War II. 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 topics about the conflict well before other forms of popular media.

McLaughlin and Parry reveal that while film studios, radio stations, newspapers, and other media outlets widely chose to echo official government communications and opinions regarding Nazi Germany and the war, Broadway remained stunningly independent. In the absence of pressure from the US Office of War Information or an industry-based agency like Hollywood's Hayes Office, the New York stage became an important venue for debating topics that would have been considered taboo on a film set, including neutrality and isolationism, racism and genocide, and heroism and battle fatigue.

American drama of the 1940s is frequently overlooked, but the plays performed during this eventful decade provide a picture of the rich and complex experience of living in the US during the war years. McLaughlin and Parry's work fills a significant gap in the history of theater and popular culture, showing that American society was more divided and less idealistic than the received histories of the WWII home front and the entertainment industry recognized.

About the Authors

Robert L. McLaughlin is professor of English at Illinois State University. He is author of Stephen Sondheim and the Reinvention of the American Musical and coauthor of We'll Always Have the Movies: American Cinema during World War II. He lives in Bloomington, Illinois.

Sally E. Parry
is professor of English and is the Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Student Affairs at Illinois State University. She is coauthor of We'll Always Have the Movies: American Cinema during World War II and editor of Go East, Young Man: Sinclair Lewis on Class in America. She lives in Bloomington, Illinois.

Reviews

"Broadway Goes to War fits well with the existing literature concerning World War II and popular culture, and successfully connects popular culture to the complicated politics of the period. In contrast to Hollywood films, McLaughlin and Parry argue that wartime theater productions took a nuanced approach to exploring new possibilities in the interest of promoting social change. In the process, such plays also highlighted some of the challenges faced by ordinary people during the war, along with their attempts to overcome and create a better postwar world."—Ralph W. Brown III, professor of history at the University of Louisiana, Monroe

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