Course Description

ONLINE: When most people think of Broadway composers and lyricists, the ones that come to mind are men. Although men have historically dominated the field, women have made contributions since the early days of vaudeville. This online course will focus on the women creators of Broadway musicals—composers, librettists, lyricists, and choreographers. We begin with the great Dorothy Fields, whose output included lyrics for 400 songs, 26 movies, and 15 stage musicals—from "Blackbirds of 1928" to "Sweet Charity." We’ll continue our survey with lyricists Betty Comden ("On the Town"), Carolyn Leigh ("Peter Pan"), and Lynn Ahrens ("Ragtime"), and composers Jeanine Tesori ("Fun Home"), Sara Bareilles ("Waitress"), and Anais Mitchell ("Hadestown"). We'll also look at choreographers such as Agnes de Mille, Susan Stroman, and Kathleen Marshall. Each session will be primarily a lecture with video and audio clips, but there will be opportunities to submit questions and make comments. | Lecture + Q&A
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Section Title
Musicals 101: Dorothy Fields and the Women of Broadway
Online - Zoom
9:00AM to 10:15AM
Jan 27, 2022 to Mar 31, 2022
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Virtual Classroom  
Course Fees
Section Notes
Class sessions are recorded. Recommended reading: Michael Kantor and Laurence Maslon, Broadway: The American Musical, Third Edition (9781493047673)