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L27 Music 4282The "Crossover" Tradition in Anglo-American Music Theater3.0 Units
Description:The musical stage in the United States and Britain has remained a vital artistic and commercial arena over the last hundred years despite the emergence of mass media formats like film and television. Audiences continue to clamor for stage stories where actors sing or singers act and composers, writers, producers and directors have created a stunning variety of musical theater styles to meet the demand. This course surveys important English-language operas, operettas and singer-centered musicals from the turn of the twentieth century to the start of the twenty-first with an emphasis on "crossover" works that blur the lines between opera and the commercial musical stage. All the works included in the course continue to be performed today, forming a core repertory of music theater works in English that emphasize singers and singing. The overlapping, ever changing spheres of the opera house and Broadway and West End theaters provide the geography of the course, which is peopled by performers, creators, and audiences. In class analysis of fourteen works will focus on how the singing voice has been used as an expressive vehicle and how theater singers have adapted to an age of amplification and recording. Works to be studied include Carousel, Sweeney Todd, The Phantom of the Opera, Show Boat, Candide, Street Scene, The Pirates of Penzance, The Light in the Piazza, My Fair Lady, Albert Herring, Porgy and Bess, The Most Happy Fella, Margaret Garner and The Student Prince. In class singing will be encouraged as a means to get inside the musical and dramatic values of these works. Prereq: ability to read music; graduate or upper-division standing.
Instruction Type:Classroom instruction Grade Options:CPA Fees:
Course Type:HomeSame As:L98 428AFrequency:None / History


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