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Mormons, Musical Theater, and Belonging in America

Jake Johnson


American musical theater is often dismissed as frivolous or kitschy entertainment. But what if musicals actually mattered a great deal? What if perhaps the most innocuous musical genre in America actually defined the practices of Mormonism--America’s fastest-growing religion? Mormons, Musical Theater, and Belonging in America is an interdisciplinary study of voice, popular music, and American religion that analyzes the unexpected yet dynamic relationship between two of America’s most iconic institutions, Mormonism and American musical theater. This book argues that Mormonism and early American ... More

Keywords: Mormons, American musical theater, voice, integration, belonging, theology of voice, popular music, sound

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780252042515
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252042515.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jake Johnson, author
Oklahoma City University