From it's birth in Vaudeville and musical reviews to the current future classics such as Hamilton, American musical theater has produced a voluminous catalogue of material referred to herein as The American Musical Theater Songbook. Part survey and part performance, this course will focus on those composers, lyricists, performers and subject matter that has been instrumental in defining musical theater and its role in describing a continually evolving human psychology and sociology. The performance aspect of the course will develop students existing vocal skills and knowledge of style. As both singing and non-singing students are welcome to participate in the course, adjustments for non-singing students will be accommodated so that they may participate fully in the class. The format of the course will be a seminar of student generated presentations, discussion, and workshop performances. Sampling of shows from which repertoire will be sourced:
Early Song and Dance Shows - Girl Crazy, Anything Goes, Kiss Me Kate
Rodgers and Hammerstein - Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific
Stephen Sondheim - Gypsy, Sweeney Todd, Sunday In The Park With George
Modern Era - West Side Story, A Chorus Line, Cabaret, Hair, Pippin
Contemporary - In the Heights, Caroline Or Change, Kinky Boots, Dear Evan Hansen, Hamilton
This course serves as a pre requisite for entrance into L15 372, Advanced Musical Theater second semester course.
Course Attributes: EN H; BU Hum; AS HUM; FA HUM; AR HUM