eyeslikeacat asked:

Hi Iphis! I'm curious how you feel about this because I'm kind of conflicted. My college is putting on the musical Cabaret, which takes place in nazi germany. From what I know of it there are nazi characters. The issue is that there are promo posters all over the school depicting a woman with a swastika tattoo. It's a good image artistically speaking but other than that, it bugs me. People are all "omg don't make a big deal! it's just for a play!!", (cont)

… (contd) and are making fun of people who are bothered by it. Personally I find it very unnecessary, the poster would be fine without that symbol and id prefer to be able to walk through hallways and not be reminded of antisemitism. Plus I know jewish people who were alive in that time and can’t hear the word fascist without grimacing and i cant help but wonder how theyd feel if they saw the poster… idk am i making too much of a big deal? (i’m jewish btw), thank you!

I don’t think you’re making too big a deal out of it. I can understand why you’re uncomfortable. I know other Jews who are incredibly uncomfortable with swastikas and some tumblr savior it actually. Also, I don’t really think anyone has a good reason to use swastikas unless they come from a culture that originally used the symbol to mean peace or other things, or in a play, movie or other visual work where Nazi characters wear clothes or have props with the symbol in the work itself. But I don’t really think using the swastika symbol on promotional posters out of context is usually defensible. I would think the safety and comfort of students affected by the Holocaust would be more important than that.

Normalizing use of the swastika I think is a bad idea. Too many people try to argue for using the swastika and antisemites also use the symbol to terrorize Jews in the modern day. People using the swastika lightly I think causes people to misunderstand the weight of the symbol. There is of course a conflict here around the symbol being pertinent to a historical work. For example, the symbol is used is the comic book Maus and is even depicted on the cover of the book in a very prominent position. But in that case, the work is by a Jewish person and most people would come in contact with the book are reading it and would understand the context, but I did feel a bit uncomfortable walking around reading it in public, and when that book was first sold, my guess is it was on displays in bookstores at one time. 

But I feel in Maus it’s more defensible considering the reason why the symbol is used (very conciously using cat and mouse symbolism to recontextualize the Nazis and Jews in a visual novel of a Holocaust survivor’s biography) versus in the situation you are giving: a promotional poster for a play where a character is depicted with a swastika tattoo. I don’t see why the symbol is necessary for that poster. It seems in fact that the symbol is being used to provoke, scandalize or get attention. 

It’s true such a symbol would make it clear the play dealt with Nazis and the Holocaust as subject matter, but I’m not so sure from the details you give that artistic commentary in the poster or play outweighs the damage of proliferating such a symbol on a college campus, when college campuses in general are places where antisemitism is a growing problem. It seems especially bad that a school organization would choose to put posters with that symbol all over the school, without thinking of the affect this has on the student body and community. Maybe with more details from the play there’d be the possibility of me feeling differently, but from the details you’re giving it doesn’t sound like they have much of a defense for using the symbol.

At the very least, people who aren’t Jewish or Romani shouldn’t be making fun of people who feel uncomfortable due to the symbol. That’s just disrespectful. If they’re going to defend using the symbol, they should at least respect the feelings of people who are so deeply affected by the Holocaust. Them invalidating how you and others feel is not okay no matter what.

Renamed Musicals:
  • American Idiot:Broadway Goes Punk Rock The Musical
  • Book of Mormon:How Many People Can We Offend The Musical
  • Cabaret:Plot Twist The Musical
  • Cats:Don't. Stop Right There. The Musical
  • Chicago:What Red Lipstick Sounds Like The Musical
  • The Drowsy Chaperone:Man in Chair Needs A Hug The Musical
  • A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder:Murdering Your Family Helps You Get Laid Twice as Much The Musical
  • Hedwig and the Angry Inch:Glitter and Feelings The Musical
  • Into the Woods:If You Want Happy Endings Stop After Act 1 The Musical
  • Les Miserables:All His Friends Are Dead The Musical
  • The Lion King:Nants Ingonyama Bagithi Baba The Musical
  • Newsies:Broadway Equivalent of a Boy Band The Musical
  • Next to Normal:We Put the FUN in Dysfunctional The Musical
  • The Phantom of the Opera:How Has This Creepy Fucking Show Lasted 3000 Years The Musical
  • Rent:Mark Will Forever Be Alone The Musical
  • Rock of Ages:Isn't One Time More Than Enough... The Musical
  • Side Show:American Horror Story Freak Show The Musical
  • Shrek:You Thought It'd Be Bad But It's Actually Great The Musical
  • The Sound of Music:You Can't Top Julie Andrews So Stop Trying The Musical
  • Spring Awakening:Sexual Frustration The Musical
  • Violet:No One Ever Actually Says She's Beautiful and I'm Mad!?! The Musical
  • Wicked:Elphaba Thropp is Really Fucking Important The Musical [ps gelphie]

“Musicals are never inappropriate.”

*Aggressively shoves Spring Awakening at you*

“Musicals are too happy”

*backflips and hands you the Next to Normal CD*

“Why do they randomly burst into song?”

*does magic trick to reveal Cabaret*

“Musicals have boring classical music”

*bursts into confetti that spells out RENT*





Pippin 1982

The Book of Mormon

Catch Me If You Can - with Aaron Tveit

Bonnie anda Clyde


Cabaret - Film

Bare - Pt1 - Pt2

Evening Primrose

Chess - in concert

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying — film

The Wizard of Oz

Carrie: The Musical — Alice Ripley

Heathers: The Musical

Spring Awakening —Off Broadway

Spring Awakening — Ben Fankhauser

Hedwig and the Angry Inch — Movie

Hedwig — A.Rapp

Les Mis — Sutton Foster

The Light in the Piazza 

Newsies — OBC

Once — Arthur Darvill

Gypsy — 2008 revival

Peter Pan — Cathy Rigby

Peter Pan — Mary Martin

Guys and Dolls — Movie

Phantom of the Opera — Broadway

Victor Victoria

Pt. 2/?


Part 1


Movie Genre: Musical

Born with the coming of sound, the movie musical had its base in vaudeville and opera. With its brazen blending of fantasy and reality, the musical provided audiences with an accessible and immediate escape from life, first in the Great Depression, and then beyond.

What to watch:

  1. The Merry Widow (Ernst Lubitsch, 1934)
  2. Meet Me in St. Louis (Vincente Minnelli, 1944)
  3. Singin’ in The Rain (Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen, 1952)
  4. West Side Story (Robert Wise, Jerome Robbins, 1961)
  5. Cabaret (Bob Fosse, 1972)
  6. Grease (Randal Kleiser, 1978)
  7. Dirty Dancing (Emile Ardolina, 1987)
  8. Moulin Rouge! (Baz Luhrmann, 2001)
  9. Chicago (Rob Marshall, 2002)
  10. Hairspray (Adam Shankman, 2007)

(Bergan, R. 2011. The Film Book: A Complete Guide To The World Of Cinema.)