Course Description

ONLINE: Technically, “off-Broadway” refers to a theater in New York City seating between 100 and 499 people, so an off-Broadway musical is one that plays in such a venue. Aesthetically, such musicals have often been more intimate, experimental or financially risky than the more commercial Broadway shows. Of course, many wildly successful musicals — such as "A Chorus Line," "Rent" and "Hamilton" — started off-Broadway and then moved to Broadway. However, in this course, we’ll explore some of those that didn’t move, and retained their essential off-Broadway character. We will begin with the 1954 revival of "The Threepenny Opera" and continue with "The Fantasticks," "Godspell," "Little Shop of Horrors" and "Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris." Students will learn about the books and scores of these shows and how they expanded the form of American musical theater. The course is primarily lecture with video and audio clips; students will be able to ask questions and make comments. | Lecture + Q&A.

Max enrollment: 200.

Class sessions are recorded.

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Section Title
Musicals 101: Off-Broadway Classics
Online - Zoom
9:00AM to 10:15AM
May 04, 2023 to Jun 08, 2023
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Virtual Classroom  
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Section Notes

Class sessions are recorded.

Please note: "Broadway: The American Musical," by Michael Kantor and Laurence Maslon, will be referenced in the course, but there will not be assigned reading.

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

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