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Histories of the American Musical

Fri 30 November, 7pm
Running Time: 2 hours 15 mins

A relaxed evening hosted by Millie Taylor who will be telling stories about the development of American musical theatre illustrated with live musical demonstrations. Rather than thinking of the American musical having a single line of development beginning with Show Boat and ending (so far) with Hamilton this talk will introduce three shorter stories. The first story will be the story of the integration of musical theatre form (from Show Boat to Les Misérables). The second story describes some of the stories musical theatre tells focusing on love stories and quest narratives (from Cinderella to Shrek). The third story introduces the impact of popular music on the American musical (from ragtime to rap). Finally, we will discuss how these three stories interact to set the scene for Hadestown.

Millie Taylor is Professor of Musical Theatre at University of Winchester. She worked as a freelance musical director and for almost 20 years toured Britain and Europe with a variety of musicals including West Side Story, Rocky Horror Show, Little Shop of Horrors and Sweeney Todd. Her books include Musical Theatre, Realism and Entertainment, British Musical Theatre Since 1950 and Studying Musical Theatre. Her latest book, Theatre Music and Sound at the RSC: Macbeth to Matilda, will be published in autumn 2018.

Tickets £15 (senior citizen £12, student/under 18 £7.50)

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