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The Great “Family-Friendly” Way: The Disney-fication of Broadway

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Jan 18, 10:00am
Rowe Center 10:00am
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Broadway and Popular Music
The Great “Family-Friendly” Way:
The Disney-fication of Broadway

Artis—Naples Lifelong Learning

Greg Brown, lecturer

Paralleling a civic push to "clean up" the New York City Theater District, trace how Disney and other Hollywood producers had an active role in transforming the downtrodden neighborhood into the sparkling envy of the global theatrical world, restoring Broadway's once-heralded position at the center of the cultural conversation. This lecture examines how the influence of Hollywood forever metamorphosed the form from the chatter of the New York intelligentsia to a global commercial brand centered around family-friendly entertainment.

This presentation is part of Greg Brown's Broadway and Popular Music series.

Greg Brown

Greg Brown

Greg Brown is an in-demand music director, arranger, orchestrator, vocal coach and concert and collaborative pianist, as well as a teaching artist and professor. As music director and musician, his work in musical theater includes The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Broadway, Chicago), Monty Python's Spamalot (first 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 – The Carole King MusicalSomething 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 mor than 135 productions.


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