Broadway and Popular Music:
The Rise and Fall of the Tin Pan Alley Model
The Traditionalists and The Conceptualists
Greg Brown, lecturer
As America exited out of mid-century, massive change, both cultural and political, radically altered the artistic landscape. As the music of R&B and rock n’ roll artists topped the charts, Broadway writers lost their stronghold on popular taste making. And yet out of this shift came some of the most creative minds of the musical theater. While some artists embraced the traditions of midcentury writing styles, such as Jerry Herman, others such as Galt MacDermot experimented with how these new musical forms might make their way into the theater. And yet a third group of writers, , including Stephen Sondheim, John Kander and Fred Ebb, found artistic inspiration in forging a new path, highly conceptual in its formation, which belonged entirely to neither the musical past nor its present. Come learn about one of the most fascinating eras in musical theater’s history, during which a shifting world demanded new responses from its most prominent artists.
This presentation is part of Greg Brown's Broadway and Popular Music series.
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