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I had a dream: Rose's Turn, musical theatre and the star effigy

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I had a dream analyses the climactic Rose's Turn number, from Gypsy, in the experience of live performance. Applying Joseph Roach's concept of the celebrity effigy and Scott McMillin's theorization of the musical's dual temporality, Fitzgerald argues that, first, the book musical presents a fictive world in which non-celebrities rise to the level of effigies and, second, that Rose's Turn is Momma Rose's attempt to turn that fiction into reality by superseding the celebrity presence of the actress playing her.

Keywords: Gypsy; Patti LuPone; Rose's Turn; celebrity; effigy; identity

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Yale College.

Publication date: December 1, 2009

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