Saturday, July 14, 2018

The Puzzle of Santa Fe in Musical Theater

Seeing "Newsies," with its improbable-seeming opening number of "Santa Fe," I was struck again by the odd place of Santa Fe, New Mexico in musical theater. I gather it strikes Gothamites as an exotic paradise far from cares or concerns. Coming from New Mexico, it seems grittier to me, but you can't see the grit from Manhattan.

Here are some movie musical numbers featuring Santa Fe in one aspect or another:

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