Valerie Estelle Frankel

Valerie Estelle Frankel

  • Valerie Estelle Frankel
    Published 23 days ago
    Hamilton and Pop Culture

    Hamilton and Pop Culture

    Jeffery Seller, the producer, notes, “I have never in my life seen a musical that has penetrated the American culture faster than Hamilton” (Hamilton’s America). Miranda comments, “That’s the fun of this story, too, is that it is sort of a love letter to New York and the things that happened here. It’s always been this hub for creation” (Evans). Events take place all over the city in residences that once belonged to Jefferson, Burr, and Hamilton.
  • Valerie Estelle Frankel
    Published 23 days ago
    Hamilton's Salutes to Other Musicals

    Hamilton's Salutes to Other Musicals

    In the second footnote on the first page of the libretto, Lin-Manuel explains that the opening number of Hamilton –initially a monologue for Aaron Burr and the first song written - "owes a debt to the prologue of Sweeney Todd: All our characters set the stage for our main man's entrance." In fact, in Sweeney Todd, the hero, now dead, rises from the grave to tell his own story as a flashback that lasts the entire musical, a structure that likewise inspired Miranda. Sweeney, with all his energy and justification for his behavior, is the show, much as Hamilton is. Hamilton's opening number "sets the style, the tone (unique as it is) and the point of view of the show perfectly (complete with the information that the hero will be dead at the final blackout)" (Viertel 60).
  • Valerie Estelle Frankel
    Published 2 months ago
    Considering Kids in Cages in The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

    Considering Kids in Cages in The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

    In chapter one, Collins lists many things people in our country take for granted: Food other than cabbage soup and mushed potatoes. Buying new clothes instead of remaking them. Ration coupons. Coriolanus even considers the luxuries of garbage pickup – not only having the Avoxes to collect it but being able to throw out suspicious food and unwanted materials instead of frantically scrounging them for burning or insulation. All this is a product of the postwar culture, Bombs fell constantly, frightening everyone with the constant specter of death. During the war, the city was embargoed for two years. The elevator is broken so the grandma rarely can even leave. Symbolically, their wealth has trapped them.
  • Valerie Estelle Frankel
    Published 3 months ago
    Name Meanings in The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes: Covey, Teachers, and More
  • Valerie Estelle Frankel
    Published 3 months ago
    Name Meanings in The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes: Tributes and Mentors

    Name Meanings in The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes: Tributes and Mentors

    Name Meanings in The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes: Tributes and Mentors
  • Valerie Estelle Frankel
    Published 3 months ago
    Salutes and Eastereggs in The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

    Salutes and Eastereggs in The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

    There are many parallel between young Coriolanus and Katniss, as well as nods to the trilogy