Course Description

ONLINE: We continue to explore Broadway’s “silver age” of the 1920s and ’30s with a focus on two great composer-lyricists: Irving Berlin and Cole Porter. Though their backgrounds were very different, they both excelled at creating tuneful scores with unforgettable lyrics perfectly matched to their melodies. Berlin, born in imperial Russia, immigrated to the U.S. as a child and had his first hit in 1911 with “Alexander’s Ragtime Band.” He went on to write the scores for 20 stage musicals, including "Annie Get Your Gun," "Miss Liberty" and "Call Me Madam." Porter — born in Indiana to a wealthy family and educated at Yale — created two of the seminal shows of the era: "Anything Goes" and "Kiss Me, Kate." Students will learn about the scores of their major shows and films, focusing on how they paved the way for the “musical plays” of Broadway’s golden age. The course is primarily lecture with video and audio clips, but students will be able to ask questions and make comments during each class. | Lecture + Q&A.

Max enrollment: 200.

Class sessions are recorded.

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Section Title
Musicals 101: Broadway's Silver Age (Part 2)
Online - Zoom
9:00AM to 10:15AM
Feb 02, 2023 to Apr 06, 2023
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Virtual Classroom  
Course Fees
Section Notes

Class sessions are recorded.

: "Broadway: The American Musical" will be referenced in the course, but students will not be assigned readings. Students will enjoy Part 2 even if they did not take Part 1. All are welcome to join us.

Recommended reading:
Michael Kantor and Laurence Maslon, "Broadway: The American Musical" (9781493047673 )

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