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BY Advocate.com Editors

September 06 2011 4:00 AM ET

BOOK ANDY WARHOL (COURTESY) ADVOCATE.COMChanged for Good: A
Feminist History of the Broadway Musical

There's something about being
a woman and seeing a powerful, well-rounded female character emote, sing, and
dance in front of you on the stage. Watching the musical Wicked was an incredibly powerful experience for me, and I
only imagine it was the same for other women sitting in the audiences and
experiencing the complex Sally Bowles in Cabaret or the saucy Anita in West Side Story for the first time. Stacy Wolf’s Changed for Good:
A Feminist History of the Broadway Musical
(Oxford, $25) intellectually encapsulates so much of what is amazing
about seeing these captivating characters play out.

 — Michelle Garcia 

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