1930s Jazz Operetta and internationalization then and now: risks, ethics, aesthetics

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This chapter considers internationalization as an internal feature of Weimar-era German-language jazz operettas, in terms of theme, storyline, music, and dance, in works subsequently violently suppressed by the Nazi regime. Following a discussion of how jazz operetta’s structure deals with difference, the chapter considers two case studies of early-1930s jazz operettas – Paul Ábrahám’s Viktoria und ihr Husar (1930) and Die Blume von Hawaii (1931) – in terms of their engagement with internationalization. It then provides a brief account of the role of internationalization in operetta in the Nazi and post-war eras, before examining the challenges that contemporary revivals face in staging works whose original stagings contained elements, such as blackface, that are no longer acceptable.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTheatre and internationalization
Subtitle of host publicationperspectives from Australia, Germany and beyond
EditorsUlrike Garde, John R. Severn
Place of PublicationLondon ; New York
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis Group
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781003028406
ISBN (Print)9780367463540
Publication statusPublished - 2021


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