• 'Everybody's Free to Fail': Subsidized British Revivals of the American Canon

      Browne, Sarah; Gordon, Robert; Jubin, Olaf (Oxford University Press, 2016-11)
    • Girl talk: feminist phonocentrism as act of resistance in the musical, Hair

      Browne, Sarah (Intellect, 2018-12-01)
      In response to Wollman’s assertion that ‘despite its left-leaning approach to the many social and political issues it tackles, Hair is jarringly old-fashioned in its depictions of women’, this article instead proposes that Hair’s sung moments function as acts of resistance against the hegemonic, patriarchal values of musical theatre in both form and content. By adopting Annette Schlichter’s proposition of a ‘feminist phonocentrism’ which positions the voice as a ‘metaphor of agency and self-representation [...] thereby allowing for an authentic self-presence’, the analysis presented illustrates a rejection of historical discourses that persistently link the female voice to an absence of social and cultural authority. With specific reference to songs from the score and their interpretations, this article celebrates ‘girl talk’ forming at the margins.
    • The Last Ship from Broadway to Newcastle: A feminist political musical for the Brexit era

      Browne, Sarah (Intellect, 2018-12-01)
      Sting’s musical, The Last Ship premiered on Broadway in 2014. Four years later, following a series of workshops at Northern Stage, the musical embarked on its UK tour featuring a number of revisions to its narrative and structure. What emerges from the revised production is a narrative, which places women at the centre through affording them agency and allowing them to occupy powerful, liminal spaces. Whilst The Last Ship remains a tale for the working classes, its UK revisions do well to reposition the central role of the women in this community. Through removing principal characters, which previously served to reinforce a patriarchal hierarchy, the fictional women of Wallsend now drive the plot, allowing for The Last Ship to communicate a morality tale, which echoes the ideologies of a feminist, post-Brexit era.
    • The Last Five Years: medium, mode and the making of Cathy

      Browne, Sarah; Rodosthenous, George (Routledge, 2017-12-07)