We are starting a series of online lectures about musicals, given by dramaturg Nina Horvat via the Zoom platform! Learn everything you always wanted to know about musicals but were afraid to ask!
HISTORY AND DRAMATURGY OF THE MUSICAL (who, what, where, when, how, why?)
How did musicals come to be? Why are they so special? What is a book musical, what is a backstage musical, and what is a jukebox musical? How has the structure and content of the musical changed throughout history? We will talk about musicals like “Show Boat”, “Rent”, “Hamilton”, “Cabaret”, “West Side Story”, “Spamalot” and many others and discover their similarities and differences through the context and time in which they were created.
THE FUNCTION OF SONGS IN A MUSICAL (why do they suddenly start singing and dancing?)
Why do characters in musicals suddenly start singing and dancing? What is the purpose of songs anyway? How have they changed throughout the history of musicals? What types of songs are there? Are there other types of duets besides love? How many types of opening songs are there? What do the terms “I Am Song,” “Dream Ballet,” and “The 11 O’clock Number” mean? What is the common theme of “Legally Blonde,” “Chicago,” and “Monty Python”? In this lecture, you will learn the answers to these and many other questions about songs in musicals!
THE GIANTS OF THE MUSICAL (who is responsible for the songs that are stuck in our heads for days?)
You may already know which musicals are due to the collaborations of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Kander & Ebb, and Lerner & Loewe, or to individual authors such as Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Stephen Sondheim, Jonathan Larson, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and many others, but this talk will focus on the specifics of each author, what their writing/composing style is, and how they changed the world of musicals. In addition, you will learn many interesting facts – who was impossible as a collaborator, who had the most Broadway hits, whose songs became popular outside the musical world, who did not live to see the great success of their musical, and how many years it takes on average to make a musical.
All three lectures will be held via the Zoom platform and will last two hours. They will be accompanied by a series of video clips to explain certain things through examples.
The lectures are aimed at all fans of musicals and those who want to be!