When: Tuesdays, Oct 24 – December 5 10:00 am - noon
Where: The Loft Cinema
Cost: $199.00 for 6 session(s)
Type: In Person
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 Golden Age of American Musical Comedy
Once upon a time, before the Concept Musicals of Stephen Sondheim and the Pop Operas of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Musical Comedy ruled Broadway. Each season, the Great White Way was chockfull of musicals that swept audiences into a magical world of zany characters in joyful plots, all wrapped up in sumptuous productions that featured musical scores that you could actually hum leaving the theatre!
Join us for a celebration of the Golden Age of American Musical Comedy when.
Broadway overflowed with the tuneful scores of musical legends Irving Berlin, Frank Loesser, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Jule Styne, Lerner & Loewe, Jerry Herman, Kander & Ebb, and Johnny Mercer. Reconnect with Nellie Forbush & Emile De Becque, Miss Adelaide & Nathan Detroit, Harold Hill & Marion the Librarian, Lola & Joe Hardy, Professor Higgins & Eliza Doolittle. Love and romance is in the air and the curtain comes down on a happy ending!
We’ll toast the Broadway stalwarts whose genius, brilliance and energy created the Golden Age of Musical Comedy as we view rare archival footage of performances which capture the elusive genius of such stars as Mary Martin, Robert Preston, Ethel Merman, Alfred Drake, Gwen Verdon, Chita Rivera, Dick Van Dyke, Julie Andrews, and Robert Morse, whose glorious voices filled theatres and created musical memories for generations of theatre goers.