Stephen Sondheim and the American Musical

MUSC 0021J S01 [CRN: 16535]

This seminar considers the theater shows of Stephen Sondheim in relation to the history of the American musical. Through close study of selected scenes and shows, we examine how and why Sondheim and his collaborators “reinvented” the genre. Special emphasis will be given to Sondheim's critical skepticism concerning the myths, characters, and ethos of social optimism that have been central to the Broadway tradition. We examine links between the shows and post-WWII historical contexts, and consider the political implications of the circumscribed social universe—predominantly white, urban, and affluent—within which most of his shows take place. FYS
Fall 2017
13:00 - 14:20 Tue, Thu - from Sep 6, 2017 to Dec 21, 2017