The Broadway Musical & America The Broadway Musical & America

The Broadway Musical & America  | 

October 2 — December 11

The Broadway Musical & America: a riveting 10-week seminar that puts a spotlight on the American musical from Oklahoma! to Hamilton.

This rare seminar offering, taught by Tony Award-winning producer and NYU professor Adam Epstein, puts the musical into focus as a distinctly American phenomenon and a form of cultural production which both influenced and was influenced by the American political landscape since the end of World War II. Learn more about the history behind your favorite works of musical theater, including, but not limited to West Side Story, Cabaret, Fiddler on the Roof, A Chorus Line, Annie, Rent, Hairspray, Wicked and Hamilton and how they shaped the American theater landscape.

This 10-week seminar is currently full.

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10-week Seminar
60-minute lectures every Monday at 7:00PM (Excluding Oct 16)
Oct 2 – Dec 11, 2017

Members:  SOLD OUT

Non-Members: SOLD OUT

The Broadway Musical & America: a riveting 10-week seminar that puts a spotlight on the American musical from Oklahoma! to Hamilton.

This rare seminar offering, taught by Tony Award-winning producer and NYU professor Adam Epstein, puts the musical into focus as a distinctly American phenomenon and a form of cultural production which both influenced and was influenced by the American political landscape since the end of World War II. Learn more about the history behind your favorite works of musical theater, including, but not limited to West Side Story, Cabaret, Fiddler on the Roof, A Chorus Line, Annie, Rent, Hairspray, Wicked and Hamilton and how they shaped the American theater landscape.

This 10-week seminar is currently full.

Please join our email list for news, course offerings and more!

Instructor

Adam Epstein’s theatrical productions have received 46 Tony nominations and garnered 12 Tony Awards, one of which Adam himself received as a producer of Hairspray in 2003. Adam’s other credits include A View From a Bridge, The Crucible, Amadeus, The Wedding Singer and Cry-Baby. In the West End, both his productions of Amadeus and Hairspray earned multiple Olivier nominations and Hairspray was awarded a record 11 nominations, winning four, including Best Musical. An adjunct faculty member of NYU, (which is also his alma mater,) Adam has also been a guest lecturer at Harvard, Columbia and the University of Miami. Adam recently graduated with his Master’s degree in American Studies from Brown University, and he will be pursuing a Ph.D. in American Studies beginning in the fall of 2018.

Syllabus

Monday, Oct 2, 2017 – Introduction & Welcome
“People Will Say We’re in Love,” but don’t forget Showboat.

Monday, Oct 9, 2017 – Cockeyed Optimism and the Truman/Eisenhower years; Postwar America and the new postwar musical: From Carousel to West Side Story.

SUGGESTED READING: Anything Goes by Ethan Mordden

Monday, Oct 16, 2017 – NO CLASS

Monday, Oct 23, 2017 – Seething with American ambition: Gypsy and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

Monday, Oct 30th, 2017 – 1964: The year of the impresario: David Merrick presents Hello Dolly and Harold Prince presents Fiddler on the Roof.

SUGGESTED READING: The Abominable Showman by Howard Kissel, Sense of Occasion by Harold Prince

Monday, Nov 6, 2017 – The swirling, anxious 1960’s: Sweet Charity, Cabaret, Hair and 1776: happy hookers, sleazy emcees, tribal love and constitutional nostalgia.

SUGGESTED READING: Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood, The Season by William Goldman

Monday, Nov 13, 2017 – American agonistes: “Phone rings, door chimes, in comes company.” What Stephen Sondheim saw at the revolution: Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Pacific Overtures, Sweeney Todd, Merrily We Roll Along.

SUGGESTED READING: Stephen Sondheim: A Life by Meryle Secrest, Finishing the Hat/Look, I Made a Hat by Stephen Sondheim, Automatic Vaudeville by John Lahr

Monday, Nov 20th, 2017 – Bob Fosse, Michael Bennett and the triumph of American showmanship: Chicago, A Chorus Line, and Dreamgirls.

SUGGESTED READING: Fosse by Sam Wasson, A Chorus Line and the Musicals of  Michael Bennett by Ken Mandelbaum; watch “All that Jazz”-1979, 20th Century Fox, directed by Bob Fosse

Monday, Nov 27th, 2017 –  Leapin’ Lizards, Little Orphan Annie will cure the blues: Joy and race in the 1970’s: Annie, The Wiz, Ain’t Misbehavin.

Monday, Dec 4th, 2017 – Gower Champion is dead. Broadway in the 1980’s: Britannia rules the waves: Up, up, up, up to the Heaviside Layer; to the barricades we go!

Monday, Dec 11th, 2017 – The empire strikes back: Rent, The Producers, Hairspray, Wicked and Hamilton; conclusion