Broadway Musical History – 'At the Movies' (C/S041)In this course, students will learn the history and evolution of Broadway at the movies illustrated by anecdotes, photos and analysis of musical and lyrical styles. Taking a Broadway musical off the stage and adapting it for the screen has long been an art form. See such Broadway-to-Hollywood masterpieces as "My Fair Lady," "The Sound of Music," "The Music Man," "The King and I," "South Pacific," "Show Boat," "Funny Girl," and "Fiddler on the Roof." Learn what goes into adapting a Broadway musical and moving it to the big screen -- what changes take place in musical scores, casting, sets and scenery. How does the use of location shooting affect the atmosphere of the show? How does opening up the sets on the screen affect the movement of actors and choreography of dancers? Why aren't Broadway stars used more often to re-create their hit roles? What makes a musical ripe for screen adaptation? Learn the backstage stories of these movies and their Broadway predecessors. The course content will answer the questions of what made special shows stand out, how did the musical evolve from the minstrel show and vaudeville into the sophisticated musical comedies of the Golden Age, who were the stars and what made them unique, and, how did the stage musical translate to the movie musicals of Hollywood? Bring your memories to class and enjoy your favorite Broadway tunes. Students are encouraged to bring a lunch! Senior tuition waiver applies to Maryland residents 60 or older.
11/12-1/21/13, Mondays (9 sessions)
(No Classes 12/24 & 12/31/12)
10:30 AM-12:30 PM
ACM: Gilpin Room
Instructor: Ellen McDaniel Weissler
Course Cost: $62.00 (Cost includes material fee)