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Broadway Stories

Greg Brown

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The Language of Film 1

In Good Company:
How the Musicals of Stephen Sondheim Built on the Legacy of Oscar Hammerstein II

Wednesday, January 17, 2024, 10am
John and Jeanne Rowe Performance and Learning Center
Greg Brown, lecturer

With his groundbreaking 1970 concept musical, Company, Stephen Sondheim forever changed the attitudes and forms of American musical theater. Delve into how this and his other signature works from the 1970s and 1980s enriched the fabric of musical theater history by building on lessons learned from Sondheim’s own mentor, the great lyricist and playwright Oscar Hammerstein II.

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The Language of Film 2

The Musicals of George and Ira Gershwin:
The Sophisticated, The Silly and The Salacious

Wednesday, March 20, 2024, 10am
John and Jeanne Rowe Performance and Learning Center
Greg Brown, lecturer

From their early days writing for Tin Pan Alley to the escapist but musically sophisticated musicals of the 1920s and early 1930s and their seminal operatic work Porgy and Bess, the Gershwin brothers forever changed the landscape of Broadway and popular music. Join us as we examine how they brought America’s great native art form, jazz, to the center of Broadway stages and made an indelible impact on the “Broadway Sound,” which endures to this day.

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