2657 - The History of the American Musical Theater
The course will discuss the journey of the Broadway musical from the 1866 show "The Black Crook" to Sondheim's 1976 musical masterpiece "Sweeney Todd." Special emphasis will be placed on the most influential innovators and their innovations. The instructor will use videos and CDs to examine the creators and the famous performers who brought their works to life. "How to write your own Broadway show" will be the subject of one of the classes. Additional topics will include the operas that were written for Broadway and the best film versions of the greatest Broadway musicals. Lecture (plus Questions); Viewing Videos
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