Broadway and Popular Music:
The Rise and Fall of the Tin Pan Alley Model
From Irving Berlin to Richard Rodgers
Artis—Naples Lifelong Learning
Greg Brown, lecturer
For more than a half century, the music of Broadway defined popular culture in the United States, beginning with the Tin Pan Alley writers of the early 20th century and continuing through the apex of Broadway’s “Golden Age” at mid-century. This lecture will trace the origins of Broadway’s cultural dominance, reaching its apotheosis in the works of artists like Irving Berlin, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein and the songwriting duo of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe. Come learn about the origins of the American songbook as standardized and popularized by some of musical theater’s most beloved creators.
This presentation is part of Greg Brown's Broadway and Popular Music series.
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Greg Brown is an in-demand music director, arranger, orchestrator, vocal coach, concert and collaborative pianist, as well as teaching artist and professor. As music director and musician, his work in music theater includes The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Broadway, Chicago), Monty Python's Spamalot (1st National Tour), The Boy Friend directed by Julie Andrews (International Tour), Manhattan Theatre Club, The Atlantic Theater, Theatreworks USA, New York Musical Theatre Festival, National Alliance For Musical Theatre Festival of New Musicals, North Shore Music Theater, Two River Theater, CAP 21, Weston Playhouse, The Music Theatre Company, The Adrienne Arsht Center, Capitol Repertory Theater, and Goodspeed Musicals, among others. He has played more than 40 touring Broadway productions, including Wicked, Evita, Kinky Boots, Beautiful, Something Rotten, and many others.
Brown served on faculty of the Theatre Arts Department at the University of Miami for 11 years, helping to shepherd in new and developing works along with creating curriculum in musical theater history, performance and applied music theory. He maintains a busy vocal studio in Miami and has acted as vocal coach for the Miami City Ballet's West Side Story Suite. His arrangement and concert work includes recent collaborations with Lea Salonga, Tommy Tune, Stephen Schwartz, and Il Divo. He is currently Lead, Talent Casting for Royal Caribbean Productions, where he helps to cast their over 135 productions.