Patriotism, Feminism...Same Difference

Blueprint Specials, a selection of songs by Frank Loesser, is a musical written for the armed forces.  Written to boost moral of the troops while also creating patriotic values, Blueprint Specials depicts the daily life of new recruits for the US Army (WWII era) while also following a Jupiter and Pallas Athena subplot.  Armed with Broadway vets Laura Osnes, Will Swenson, and Quinn Mattfeld, the performance features members of the United States’ military in almost every branch.  Not to mention that this show takes place on the WW II Aircraft Carrier, The Intrepid.  The site-specific performance invoked a powerful sense of patriotism with songs like “Oh, How I love to be in the Army” and romanticizing Mary Brown/Pallas’ (Laura Osnes) journey from Private to Private First Class concluding with “PFC Mary Brown.”  With this patriotism also comes “Something New in the Army.”  At the end of WW I, women were allowed to join the armed forces while Blueprint Specials highlights their prominence in WW II.  With huge musical numbers featuring all women, the a distinct sense of feminism is portrayed.  Also, the musical follows an arc of female independence. The women join the Army to get a man, but by the end of the show when they are deployed they are proud to serve their country. In 1945 women joining the military was a big deal.  All conversations have to start somewhere and Blueprint Specials places gender center stage. 

Dylan Tashjian

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