The Contemporary Broadway Muscial The Contemporary Broadway Muscial

The Contemporary Broadway Muscial  | 

March 12 — June 11
The Contemporary Broadway Musical will examine the evolution of the American musical from Dreamgirls in 1981 to the current Tony-Award winning Dear Evan Hansen. This rare seminar will focus on Broadway from the past three decades, surveying everything from the British invasion of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh, to the boundary-breaking musicals of the 90’s such as Rent and Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk to the biggest hits of the 21st century including The Producers, Hairspray, Wicked, Jersey Boys, The Book of Mormon and Hamilton. Class discussions will center around how the form has changed, what direction it has taken, and what it means to be an “American” musical.

Please note: There will be no class on Apr 9 and May 28, 2018

12-week Seminar
90-minute lectures
Every Monday
7:00 – 8:30 PM
Pasadena Playhouse Loft

Members: $249

NOn-Members: $299

The Contemporary Broadway Musical will examine the evolution of the American musical from Dreamgirls in 1981 to the current Tony-Award winning Dear Evan Hansen. This rare seminar will focus on Broadway from the past three decades, surveying everything from the British invasion of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh, to the boundary-breaking musicals of the 90’s such as Rent and Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk to the biggest hits of the 21st century including The Producers, Hairspray, Wicked, Jersey Boys, The Book of Mormon and Hamilton. Class discussions will center around how the form has changed, what direction it has taken, and what it means to be an “American” musical.

Please note: There will be no class on Apr 9 and May 28, 2018

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 March 12, 2018: Introduction and Welcome

Monday March 19, 2018: Michael Bennett’s “Dreamgirls” vs. Tommy Tune’s “Nine”

Monday March 26, 2018: The British are Coming!: Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cameron Mackintosh and the “colonization” of Broadway: “Cats”, “Les Miserables, “The Phantom of the Opera” and “Miss Saigon”

Monday April 2, 2018: 1983-1984: “La Cage Aux Folles” and “Sunday in the Park with George”

Monday April 9, 2018: NO CLASS

Monday April 16, 2018 “City of Angels,” “Crazy for You”, and the triumph of American musical comedy

Monday, April 23, 2018: “Falsettos”: William Finn and his “Tight Knit Family” move uptown

Monday April 30, 2018: “Rent” mania, as Rock ’n’ Roll returns to Broadway

Monday May 7, 2018: “The Lion King” devours “Ragtime”

Monday May 14, 2018: “The Producers” and the return of the gold-plated Broadway hit

Monday May 21, 2018: Good Morning, Baltimore: “Hairspray” blazes onto Broadway, and hits the joy buzzer

Monday May 28, 2018: NO CLASS

Monday June 4, 2018: “Wicked” as the musical most “popular”; “The Book of Mormon” makes “South Park” humor safe for Broadway

Monday June 11, 2018: The Federalists storm Broadway: “Hamilton” as the great American musical; “Dear Evan Hansen” and the  jaccommercial impact of “otherness”; Conclusion