In these past years the musical genre has once again gained momentum and come back into the spotlight thanks to very successful projects. Be it cinema, theatre or TV, or even the web, singing and dancing are the new rallying cry. The influence of this genre on the media landscape can’t be ignored.
The next Ol3Media issue seeks brief papers that can be the springboard for reflections on this topic regarding sundry productions, and about both those shows that are “pure” musicals and those that use some of the elements of the genre.
Possible suggestions (but proposals on other topics are welcome):
- Musical and cult (Rocky Horror Picture Show, Rent, Hairspray, The Producers, Pinocchio, Notre Dame de Paris, Menopausa, Les Misérables…);
- Musical Films (Grease, The Sound of Music, Mamma Mia!, Chicago, Nine, Moulin Rouge, Fame, The Grinch, South Park, Dreamgirls, Sweeney Todd…);
- TV as musical: specific episodes and “dedicated” shows (Glee, Fame, The Singing Detective, Blackpool, Viva Laughlin, Buffy, Scrubs, Oz, That 70s Show, Xena, Flight of the Conchords, Ally McBeal, Paso Adelante, Patito Feo, Cop Rock, One life to live… );
- The successes of the web (Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, Prop 8…)
The essays must be brief reflections aiming to be thought-provoking on several issues: tropes, themes, audience, diffusion on the web, authorial style, connection to tradition, interweave between the different media.
The chosen essays will be published on the next issue of Ol3Media online around the half of June 2010. Proposals, along with a brief biography of the author (5/6 lines), must be submitted by March 7th, 2010, while the accepted essays must be completed by April 20th (if in English) or by May 15th (if in Italian) for the necessary editing.
The length of the essays must be around 2000 words. Hyperlinks to other sites, videos and pictures are welcome. JPG images of maximum 200 kb can be sent to be inserted in the essay. Further notes might be given to the authors of the chosen essays.
For information and for sending proposals:
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Ol3Media is the online journal of Cinema, Television and Media Studies of the “Master Cine&Tv”, Università Roma Tre: http://host.uniroma3.it/master/radiotv/RM3/Home.html
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