For well over a century, musical theater has been at the forefront of the performing arts both in America and around the globe. The vast majority of memorable songs by composers such as Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, and Irving Berlin had been written for the Broadway stage; their music continues to live on in new productions both there and in hundreds of smaller community theaters. By means of video clips (including a number of rare original cast performances), this seven-part series will allow us to revisit many of the outstanding numbers that continue to enthrall audiences world-wide. Learn about the origins of the shows and the casting and production decisions that made them successful.
This class will focus on notable works from West Side Story, Annie Get Your Gun, Mame, and Pal Joey.