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Lying in the Middle: Musical Theater and Belief at the Heart of America

Jake Johnson


This book theorizes and conceptualizes the Middle space musical theater maintains in America--between professional and amateur, urban and rural, fact and fiction, fantasy and reality, truth and deception. It focuses on communities in the middle of America who, for various reasons, use homegrown musicals to distance themselves from truth. Musicals grant such communities space to engage belief and religion, to flex the tension musicals maintain between reality and unreality in order to imagine worlds unlike their own. This book makes the case that musicals are a particular form of lying. Buildin ... More

Keywords: American musical theatre, Lying, amateur, America, Middle, post-truth, prosocial lies, belief, religion, deception

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780252043925
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252043925.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jake Johnson, author
Oklahoma City University