Kathleen Cioffi (2020)

Paddymania Returns to America (and Poland)

Abkürzung der Zeitschrift Theater
Heftnummer/Volume 50/3

ISSN: 0161-0775

Abstract: An overview of the ambitious Paderewski Musical Project, examining the collision of American and Polish dramaturgies across three music theater pieces—3 Paderewskis, Virtuoso, and Memory Laws. All three were part of a 2017 competition encouraging American writers to propose a musical celebrating Poland's hundred-year anniversary of independence by valorizing Ignacy Jan Paderewski. The Adam Mickiewicz Institute shielded the project from the nationalistic impulses of the right-wing government by its choice of American artists for a state-sponsored project, and of Paderewski, household name and national hero, as the subject.