Stephen Sondheim and the American Musical

MUSC 0021J S01 [CRN: 16698]

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.
Fall 2019
Credit Hours
Maximum Enrollment
Course Attributes
First Year Seminar
Primary Instructor
10:30 - 11:50 Tue, Thu - from Sep 4, 2019 to Dec 21, 2019
Exam Group Code