‘Something Bad [was] Happening’: Falsettos as an historical record of the AIDS epidemic
This article argues for the importance of an often-overlooked aspect of Falsettos: the role of Dr Charlotte, a character whose name is never spoken in performance and who is defined by her professional and sexual identities. On the surface, her presence facilitates plot development by introducing discussion of an unknown and fatal illness in the final quarter of the two-act evening. But her identities as a woman, a lesbian and a doctor ‐ and the signification of each ‐ unlock largely unspoken histories, reflecting and transforming broader histories of the AIDS epidemic.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 0000000123431311Connecticut College
Publication date: December 1, 2019
More about this publication?
- Studies in Musical Theatre is a refereed journal which considers areas of live performance that use vocal and instrumental music in conjunction with theatrical performance as a principal part of their expressive language.
- Editorial Board
- Information for Authors
- Subscribe to this Title
- Intellect Books page
- Ingenta Connect is not responsible for the content or availability of external websites
- Access Key
- Free content
- Partial Free content
- New content
- Open access content
- Partial Open access content
- Subscribed content
- Partial Subscribed content
- Free trial content