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Laurence Maslon

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780199832538

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199832538.001.0001

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History Has Its Eyes on You

History Has Its Eyes on You

The Internet and the Mixtape of Broadway

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(p.209) Chapter 14 History Has Its Eyes on You
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Broadway to Main Street
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Laurence Maslon

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199832538.003.0014

A generational change at the beginning of the twenty-first century intersected with the technological advance of the Internet to provide a renaissance of Broadway music in popular culture. Downloading playlists allowed the home listener to become, in essence, his/her own record producer; length, narrative, performer were now all in the hands of the consumer’s personal preference. Following in the footsteps of Rent (as a favorite of a younger demographic), Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton emerged as the greatest pop culture/Broadway musical phenomenon of the twenty-first century; its cast album and cover recording shot up near the top of music’s pop charts. A rediscovery of the power of Broadway’s music to transform listening and consumer habits seems imminent with the addition of Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen to a devoted fan base—and beyond.

Keywords:   Internet, Download, Playlist, Rent, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jay-Z, Glee, Wicked, Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen

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