Access Type

Campus Access Only

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

April 2017

End Date

April 2017

Department

Theatre Arts

Abstract

Radical innovations in musical theatre are underappreciated. In order to support this concept, this talk will look at works of Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim. These composers’ and lyricists’ works are long lasting because of their unique features. To articulate these radical innovations I will specifically look at Annie Get Your Gun, Anything Goes, Oklahoma!, West Side Story, and Sweeney Todd. This talk will share why these works have remained a major part of standard musical theatre and are still recognized by academics and artists today.

Faculty Mentor

Professor Naomi Amos; Professor Loretta Wittman, Dr. Beth Savage

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The Evolution of Musical Theatre: Analyzing and Admiring the Works of Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, and Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim

Radical innovations in musical theatre are underappreciated. In order to support this concept, this talk will look at works of Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim. These composers’ and lyricists’ works are long lasting because of their unique features. To articulate these radical innovations I will specifically look at Annie Get Your Gun, Anything Goes, Oklahoma!, West Side Story, and Sweeney Todd. This talk will share why these works have remained a major part of standard musical theatre and are still recognized by academics and artists today.