Skip Navigation

English: The Dickensian mega-musical

4 April 2012

On the OUPblog, Marc Napolitano, author of a new article in English: A Journal of the English Association, discusses the connections between the Dickensian musical and the mega-musical, given the centrality of Oliver! to the emergence of the postwar British musical.

"Each of the following Dickensian novels has been adapted into a musical at least once: The Pickwick Papers, Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby, The Old Curiosity Shop, A Christmas Carol, David Copperfield, Hard Times, A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations and The Mystery of Edwin Drood. While the sheer abundance of Dickensian musicals is striking, the variety of these adaptations is even more striking. Novels by Dickens have served as the inspiration for many different types of musicals, and several Dickensian musical adaptations reflect various trends in musical theatre during specific periods in the history of the genre..."

Read the full blog post: The Dickensian mega-musical

Read the paper: Singing Christmas Carols: The Dickensian Musical Vs. The Dickensian Mega-Musical (free online for a limited time)