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History of Musical Theater
ENGL 233
Fall 2017 not offered
Crosslisting: THEA 208, MUSC 276, AMST 248

This course is a survey of American musicals produced in theater and film, roughly from the 1940s to the present. We use early revivals of Oscar Hammerstein II's SHOW BOAT and George Gershwin's 1935 production of PORGY AND BESS as the entry points of our analysis and end with RENT. Using Broadway, Hollywood, the contemporary Chitlin Circuit, and regional theaters across the country as sites of investigation, we trace the development of American musicals as they traverse different racial, social, cultural, and aesthetic boundaries. In each case study, our analysis is supplemented by a review of historical production documents, theater criticism, and theoretical texts.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(ENGL-TLF Conc)(MUSC)

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