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Mid-Atlantic Popular &
American Culture Association

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Musical Theater

This area explore all aspects of popular culture in musical performances linked to the stage, theater, film, and performance practice in general, including but not limited to: opera, operetta, and musicals (production, design, history, theory, criticism, individual artists, performance, writing, pedagogy). The focus is on any theatrical performance that combines songs, spoken dialogue, acting, and dance, where the story and emotional content – humor, pathos, love, anger – are communicated through the words, music, movement, and technical aspects of the entertainment as an integrated whole. Performance pieces or presentations involving performance aspects are strongly encouraged, particularly with the significance of experiential learning in universities today. Illustrating musical or bodily expression will contribute an invaluable perspective.

Topics included (but not limited to): Song and dance – creation of the musical: composers, lyricists, librettists, orchestrators.

Giants of the musical: key composers and lyricists, including Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hart, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Frank Loesser, Lerner and Loewe, Leonard Bernstein, Kander and Ebb, and Stephen Sondheim.

Staging the musical: producers, directors, choreographers, designers, and the “stars” on stage.

Business on Broadway and in the West End: the economics of the Broadway and West End musical.

Crossover – Musical Theater/Opera/Operetta: defining the musical, opera singers on the musical theatre stage, in films and on record.

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