SESSION 2 (A)  11.00 – 12.00 pm         Auditorium  

Coordinator: Allan Collis

20th July

‘Irving Berlin and Jerome Kern – Contrasts’. An interesting biography of two very different composers, personally and musically.

27th July

‘Evolution of the Verse/Chorus Song’. A lecture that wasn’t shown last year. It explains how the construction of music was used in Broadway musicals.

3rd August

‘George Gershwin’s Legacy (1919 to c. 1935)’. A Review of George Gershwin’s influence on Broadway music from “Swanee” to “The Man I Love”.

10th August

‘Rodgers and Hammerstein Era (1940s)’. In the 1940s, Broadway Musicals were changed by story, characters, lyrics and music.

17th August

‘Golden Age of Musical Theatre’ (1950s)’. This lecture looks at composers, productions and performers with their slant on musicals.

24th August

‘Rock ‘n Roll Reaches Broadway (1960s)’. The 60s started with “Bye Bye Birdie” and ended with “Hair”, both with a different type of music but leaning to a rock style. In between are a variety of shows from “Hello Dolly” to “Cabaret”.

31st August

To vary our lectures, we have the ABC DVD “Broadway” narrated by Julie Andrews. It overlaps the lecture series but gives a more visual look at Broadway shows.

7th Sept

‘Big Bucks and Long Runs (1970s “Wicked”)’. The final lecture in this series, again showing the changes in Musical Theatre.

14th Sept

‘Broadway in the ‘80s and Beyond’. A final look at the ABC DVD “Broadway”. The shows include “The Producers”, “42nd Street”, “Cats”, “La Cage Aux Folles” and “Wicked”.


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