The Great American Musical
The Great American Musical. Broad-based examination of 20th-century musicals—from origins in minstrel shows, to the evolution of the book musical comedies of the golden age of Broadway, to Hollywood movie musicals, and contemporary re-invention today. Lectures, screenings, and discussions will explore the musical from perspectives on its history, its fundamental generic characteristics, and its emphasis on assimilating ethnic, philosophic and religious differences into a community.(Shows and movies to be studied include Moulin Rouge, Showboat, South Pacific, Chicago, Sweeney Todd, and Gold Diggers of 1933).One course.