When: Tuesdays Oct 29 – Dec 10, 1:00-3:00pm No class Nov 12
Cost: $175.00 for 6 session(s)
Instructor: Richard T. Hanson is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Arizona. At the School of Theatre Arts, he created the nationally known Musical Theatre Program and headed the Acting/Musical Theatre Division.
The Broadway of Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden & Adolph Green
Join Richard Hanson for a celebration of the inspired collaboration between a boy from Boston, a girl from Brooklyn, and a boy from the Bronx who created musical theatre masterpieces that changed the face of the American Musical.
In 1944, twenty-somethings Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden and Adolph Green created the smash hit On the Town! Featuring a mixed race cast and the first African-American conductor of an all-white orchestra, On the Town! was a new, modern, and progressive musical. It had a fresh, contemporary score in which Bernstein melded the musical traditions of Tin Pan Alley, the symphonic world and African-American jazz.
On the Town! revels in the theatrical genius of Bernstein, Comden and Green who created witty, urban and sophisticated musicals which celebrated their hometown, New York City.With pals Jerome Robbins, Stephen Sondheim, Cy Coleman, Alan J. Lerner, Tommy Tune, Jule Styne, and others, Bernstein, Comden and Green created musical masterpieces of the olden Age of Broadway: Wonderful Town, West Side Story, Bells Are Ringing, Peter Pan, Candide, Do-Re-Mi, On The Twentieth Century, Applause, and The Will Rodgers Follies. The musicals of Bernstein, Comden and Green come alive with rare archival footage of performances which capture the elusive genius of such stars as Mary Martin, Judy Holiday, Phil Silvers, Chita Rivera, Larry Kert, Lauren Bacall, Rosalind Russell, and Barbara Cook.
On the Town! lifts a glass to the glorious world of Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden and Adolph Green who for six decades charmed Broadway with sparkling wit, romance and musical sophistication. This enchanted trio were Musical Theatre revolutionaries, the likes of whom will never be seen again.
“Fame if you win it,
Comes and goes in a minute.
Where’s the real stuff in life to cling to?
Love is the answer,
Someone to love is the answer . . .”
– Do-Re-Mi, 1960
Instructor’s Note: “On the Town! Is the first in a series of You Asked for It! classes. In Spring 2019, I asked for suggestions, topics and themes from students for future lectures. On the Town! is the result of a Wall Street Journal book review which was given to me by loyal Learning Curve student, Karen Holcomb. Thank you, Karen!”